Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) Observing the Oil Priest
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Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) Observing the Oil Priest, c. 1886
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 3/4 in. (328.61 mm x 222.25 mm)
Emperor Shirakawa sent Tadamori to quell a fire-breathing dragon but it turned out to be an old monk in a rainhat carrying an oilpot with a lighted wick. Masakado was a 10th century warrior who rebelled against the Kyoto government.
On mat, in pencil: Marer 420. Description on verso of mat. Artist's seal: Taiso. Signed: Yoshitoshi ga.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a man, hiding behind a tree, watching a priest carrying a pitcher full of oil, at night.
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