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Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) Observing the Oil Priest

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
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)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.71


Alternate Title: Yoshitoshi musha burui: Taira no Tadamori
Full Title: Yoshitoshi's Courageous Warriors: Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) Observing the Oil Priest

Commentary
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.

Marks
On mat, in pencil: Marer 420. Description on verso of mat. Artist's seal: Taiso. Signed: Yoshitoshi ga.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.

Object Description
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.

Publisher
Tsunashima Kamekichi.

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