Comments - Incredible image of the great warrior Kato Kiyomasa and his men encountering an enormous serpent while crossing Yakeyama Pass in the epic tale "The Taiheiki." Kiyomasa is shown perched atop at rocky outcropping at upper left, dressed in full armor and carrying a long spear, his personal standard or sashimono above his back. At right, the giant snake coils and writhes, ready to strike, its mouth open and tongue flashing. Ghostly horned demons flutter about the supernatural creature, while large bats hover overhead against the dark night sky. At bottom center, a bat grips onto a samurai's sword, while on a rock above, a warrior takes aim at the monster with his gun. A fantastic image with amazing color and outstanding detail, and a wonderfully atmospheric setting. A striking illustration from legend and a terrific choice for a collector interested in Japanese folklore. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A real masterwork by Yoshitsuya.
Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With good color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, not backed. Vertical fold at edge of two panels. Slight separation at end of one fold, repaired. A couple faint stains, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.