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)
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.
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.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a samurai and a monster.
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