Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Urawa: Uoya Danshichi
Series; Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road, 1852 - 1853
Kuniyoshi's Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road - Terrific print from Kuniyoshi's Kisokaido Road series, published between 1852 and 1853. The Kisokaido Road ran between Edo and Kyoto along a mountainous inland route, as opposed to the Tokaido Road, which followed the coast. Kuniyoshi created one design for each of the sixty-nine stations along the way, plus images for Edo and Kyoto. Each features a well-known figure from history or legend, along with a small inset depicting the station itself. These terrific illustrations feature wonderful detail and handsome settings, many with deluxe printing treatments such as fine bokashi shading or burnishing. A great choice for a Kuniyoshi collector or anyone interested in Japanese history and folklore.
Urawa: Uoya Danshichi - Dramatic portrait of the uoya or fishmonger Danshichi washing himself at a well after killing his father-in-law during an argument. This fantastic image shows the bare-chested Danshichi just after the evil deed, rinsing the blood from his body with a bucket of water. He rests one muddy foot atop the frame of the well, wearing only a red loincloth, his sandal and kimono tossed on the ground nearby. His body is covered with an extensive tattoo, and his sword rests against the well at lower right. In the distance beyond flooded rice fields, floats on parade during the Osaka summer festival can be seen above the rooftops. A great image of this famous character, wonderfully detailed.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.