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Taira no Koremochi (11th century) Fights Kijo, The Demon of Mt. Togakushi

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Taira no Koremochi (11th century) Fights Kijo, The Demon of Mt. Togakushi, 1879
Ink on Paper
12 9/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. (319.09 mm x 204.79 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.26


Alternate Title: Dai Nippon meisho kagami: Taira no Koremochi
Full Title: Mirror of Famous Commanders of Great Japan: Taira no Koremochi (11th century) Fights Kijo, The Demon of Mt. Togakushi

Commentary
Koremichi battles a demon, from "Mirro of Famous Leaders of Japan":  The eleventh century warrior Taira No Koremochi was attacked on Mt. Togakushi by the demon Kijo.  The story was retold in the Noh play "Momijigari."  Yoshitoshi loved the theater, befriending Kabuki actors and studying Noh chanting.  Thus, his literary background is quite extensive and he was able to allude to subjects other print artists would not have known.  This gives Yoshitoshi's prints a distinctive cultivated quality.

Marks
Japanese text printed in the lower left of the image. On mat, in pencil: Marer 402, and title. Description on verso of mat. Signed: Oju Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.

Object Description
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a samurai and a monster.

Publisher
Funazu Chujiro.

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