Comments - Fantastic triptych of the great warrior Kato Kiyomasa (here referred to as Masakiyo), and his men hunting tigers in Korea. The samurai leans over a rocky crag at right, fearlessly jabbing at one of the animals, stabbing at the tiger's head with his pole arm, which has a broken blade. In the center, a tiger pounces upon another attacker, snarling and clawing ferociously, baring its fangs. At lower left, a tiger swipes its paw out of the rushing water as a samurai grips his sword overhead with both hands, ready to strike. Other tigers and a spotted leopard prowl the mountainside in the background, as samurai rush at them with spear and sword ready. A full moon glows softly in the dark night sky overhead, trees silhouetted in gray along the horizon. A dramatic scene full of energy and action, with wonderful detail in the armor and tigers' fur. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. An excellent choice for a collector interested in the samurai tradition and this legendary hunt.
Artist - Yoshikazu (active circa 1849 - 1867)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 5/8" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Very slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Small tear at edge, repaired. Very slight soiling, a few light creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.