Yamato Takeru no mikoto, The Third Son of the Twelfth Emperor Keiko, 1880
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 28 1/4 in. (328.61 mm x 717.55 mm)
Triptych; panels are matted together but not cojoined. Descriptive label on verso of mat.
On mat in pencil: Marer 57, Yoshitoshi. Text box with Japanese text printed in the upper right of the right panel. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban; triptych.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a samurai surrounded by fire. Triptych. Yamato Takeru no mikoto was the third son of the 12th sovereign of Japan, Emperor Keiko, who reportedly reigned A.D. 71-130. Prince Yamato was sent by his father to chastise the uprising Kumaso tribes in Kyushu. He then subdued the Ezo tribes of northern Honshu. In this print, Prince Yamato carries a magic sword given by his aunt. His enemies set fire to high grass expecting him to die in the flames, but his sword cut through the inferno and his enemies perished instead. Prince Yamato is thought to be an embodiment of the heroic acts and courage of warriors who fought for the imperial court, and this image would have been doubly meaningful in the late 19th c. when imperial powers were restored.
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