Tametomo's Ferocity Drives away the Smallpox Demons, No. 9

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Tametomo's Ferocity Drives away the Smallpox Demons, No. 9  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Tametomo's Ferocity Drives away the Smallpox Demons, No. 9

Series; New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts

Yoshitoshi's Thirty-Six Ghosts - In this incredible series, Yoshitoshi illustrated thirty-six of his favorite tales from Japanese history and legend. From charming folk stories to bloody tales of revenge, the series is the work of the artist's maturity and Yoshitoshi explores the subjects with great subtlety and psychological perception. As interesting to Yoshitoshi as the ghosts and monsters, are the human beings to whom they appear. Yoshitoshi was immensely popular in the last years of his life and the ghost series was greeted with great enthusiasm and a rush to collect among the Japanese public.

Today, prints from Yoshitoshi's Thirty-six Ghosts series are some of the most highly sought after prints on the market. A wonderful area of collecting for the Yoshitoshi enthusiast.

Tametomo's Ferocity Drives away the Smallpox Demons, No. 9 - Dramatic image of the warrior Minamoto no Tametomo driving away smallpox demons with his stern stance. The legendary Tametomo was known as a powerful archer and fought during the Hogen Rebellion, but after being defeated he was exiled to an island. He conquered the island for himself, so the emperor sent a fleet to capture and punish him. After supposedly sinking an entire Taira ship with a single arrow, he committed suicide rather than be captured. According to one story, he didn't die, but escaped to Okinawa, becoming ruler there. He effectively chased away smallpox demons when they threatened the islanders by persuading them to leave. Yoshitoshi depicts the moment when the demons decide to flee in the face of Tametomo's reasoning. He wears a fine suit of armor with a lion on the chest plate, gripping a bow in one hand. The demons scatter in alarm, an older one carrying a young demon covered with red spots on its back. An interesting depiction of this fierce hero, detailed with touches of burnishing in the armor and soft shading in the night sky.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Very small tear at edge, repaired. Slight toning and creasing, a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Tametomo's Ferocity Drives away the Smallpox Demons, No. 9  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Tametomo's Ferocity Drives away the Smallpox Demons, No. 9  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)