Yorimasa Receives Ayame no Mae as a Reward for Shooting Down the Monster Bird, 1843 - 1847

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Yorimasa Receives Ayame no Mae as a Reward for Shooting Down the Monster Bird, 1843 - 1847 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Yorimasa Receives Ayame no Mae as a Reward for Shooting Down the Monster Bird, 1843 - 1847

Comments - Intriguing scene from the tale of the nue, a legendary monster with the head of a monkey, the body of a badger, the legs of a tiger, and a serpent's tale. The creature had been attacking the Imperial Palace and tormenting the Emperor Konoe at night. Gen Sammi (Minamoto no) Yorimasa, commander of the palace guards, stood guard himself outside the palace and waited until he heard it upon the roof. He fired with all his strength in the direction of the noise and sent the beast tumbling to its death. At left, Yorimasa, in court dress, awaits his reward for killing the monster, the beautiful young woman Ayame no Mae. She stands at the top of the stairs at right, shyly covering her mouth with her sleeve. Other samurai in armor sit on the ground nearby, one holding a torch and craning his neck to see the beauty. An interesting subject with a handsomely detailed setting.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 1/2"

Condition - Good detail. Thinning at edges, repaired. Wrinkling throughout.

Yorimasa Receives Ayame no Mae as a Reward for Shooting Down the Monster Bird, 1843 - 1847 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Yorimasa Receives Ayame no Mae as a Reward for Shooting Down the Monster Bird, 1843 - 1847 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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