Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Minamoto no Yorimitsu on Mt. Oe, No. 12
Series; Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared
Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared - Designed in 1886, Chikanobu's extraordinary "Eastern Brocade" series features a fantastic range of subjects, including brave warriors, eerie ghosts, timeless beauties, and famous figures from traditional tales of triumph and treachery. These beautiful images bring the history and legends of Japan to life with colorful characters and a wonderful attention to detail. Note the appealing compositions and fine printing in these Meiji era masterworks, many of which include deluxe treatments such as burnishing, embossing, or the addition of mica. These attractive designs are a nice choice to collect or display.
Minamoto no Yorimitsu on Mt. Oe, No. 12 - Terrific scene from the legendary tale of the Demon of Oeyama, the horrible Shuten-doji, who kidnapped young beauties and held them hostage in his lair on Mt. Oe near Kyoto. The great warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raiko) was asked to get rid of this horrible monster. Here, he and his four loyal retainers, known as the "Four Heavenly Kings," peer down from a rocky cliff at two of the captive women washing clothes in a rushing mountain stream. One woman looks up with a smile to see the men, her sleeves tied back and her kimono tucked up out of the way. The inset above shows the warriors attacking the sleeping demon after having plied him with sake. A wonderful depiction of this classic story, with light embossed detail in the white kimono.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13" x 9 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling, a couple small spots, ink bleeding. Please see photos for details.