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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Minamoto no Raiko meets Sakata Kintoki on Ashiga Mountain, 1886
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 8 13/16 in. (330.2 mm x 223.84 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.155


Full Title: Yoshitoshi's Courageous Warriors: Minamoto no Raiko meets Sakata Kintoki on Ashiga Mountain

Marks
Signed: Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper.

Object Description
Yoshitoshi depicts the moment when Raiko (Minamoto Yorimitsu) discovers Kintaro in the mountains and recognizes theh potential of this boy, renaming him Sakata Kintoki. He truly seems like a wild child, with hair all over his body and leaves for clothing. Kintaro's feet and hands are barely human, and his shaggy hair adds to the uncivilized nature of his being. Raiko stands tall, his tunic starched and his silk cap lacquered. With bow in hand and swords on his hip, Raiko appears to be the ideal samurai. Thus Yoshitoshi presents the courageous and cultured warrior about to tame the savage. Kintaro would later be counted as one of Raiko's "Four Heavenly Kings" (Shitenno), the four lieutenants who aided him in risky endeavors.

Publisher
Kobayashi Tetsujiro.

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