Original Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866) Japanese Woodblock Print
From the Kyokyaku Suikoden: Kogakure no Kiritaro Hides Himself Using Witchcraft, 1861
Comments - Fantastic scene of the warrior Kogakure no Kiritaro using witchcraft to hide himself from three men attacking his palanquin. An enormous snake emerges in a cloud of smoke from the palanquin window, with Kiritaro riding atop its back at left, his hands clasped in a magical gesture as he casts a spell. The serpent bares its fang as a line of rats comes scampering out of his mouth, running across the scene. In the center, Waniguchi Jinsuke falls back on one knee, flinging his hand out at his side as he glares up at the creature. At right, his companions Masakino Torazo and Kazama Hanjiro watch with alarmed grimaces. Pine trees frame the dark night sky and a swirl of leaves is swept through the air. A great design, beautifully composed and finely detailed. The first time we have offered this incredible supernatural scene.
Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with heavy paper. Slight paper remnants at corners from previous mounting. Slight toning, slight soiling and rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.