Comments - An incredible triptych by Yoshitsuya illustrating the clash between Minamoto no Yorimitsu and the magician Hakamadare Yasumasa from the epic tale "The Taiheiki." The valiant warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu is seen leading his three faithful retainers through Yakeyama Pass in the left panel. They encounter the giant serpent conjured up by Hakamadare, who sits calmly in a tree at right, making a magical gesture with his hands. The amazing image of the serpent coiling through the scene and threatening to strike, with mouth open and tongue flashing, creates a dramatic, captivating effect. Notice the black dog in the center panel running along the snake towards Hakamadare. Considered Yoshitsuya's masterwork, this fantastic triptych is a very rare find.
Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Thinning along vertical fold in two panels, a few holes, repaired. Rubbing, staining in left panel. Please see photos for details.
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