Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Japanese Woodblock Print
Hakone: Soga no Goro, circa 1845
Series; The Fifty-three Pairs for the Tokaido Road
Around 1845, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Toyokuni III (Kunisada) contributed designs to a Tokaido series titled "The Fifty-three Pairs (or Parallels) for the Tokaido Road." The series featured images of historical figures, legends, and ghost stories associated with the different stations along this famous route. The series title appears in a black cartouche at upper right, with a narrative in an inset at left, and a scene illustrating the story below. An interesting take on the classic Tokaido series, these prints feature lively and animated designs of warriors and beauties or ghosts and spirits, instead of typical travelers, bringing the highway to life. A great choice for a collector interested in Japanese tales and legends.
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
14" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
This print with nice detail as shown. Slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.