by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; Yoshitoshi's Courageous Warriors
A Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction
A Meiji Collection print, opening at $59 - We purchased an interesting Meiji collection with a variety of prints and artists. We’re offering the prints, over two days, in our market driven $59 opening bid auctions – any high bid wins.
Tadamori and the Oil Thief - Terrific design of Taira no Tadamori catching a thief in the act as he steals a jar of oil from the stone lanterns at a temple. The warrior, who served the Emperor Go-Shirakawa, had been charged by his master to capture a demon figure lurking around the temple, which when seen in silhouette, had a spiky head and seemed to breath fire. Watching carefully, Tadamori discovered it to be only a vagrant monk, whose tattered straw hat gave the illusion of spikes, carrying a covered flame. Tadamori crouches behind the pine trees, ready to draw his sword as the monk shambles past. Rain falls across the night scene, adding to the dark atmosphere. A fantastic illustration of this famous tale, which earned Tadamori a reward from the emperor for his bravery and common sense. Beautifully drawn, with faint cloth embossing in the white under robe and a dusting of mica over the night sky.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling, a few stains and creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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