by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Series; Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, circa 1847
Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each - Handsome design from a terrific series pairing a verse from the best-loved collection of Japanese poetry, "The One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each," with figures from Japanese history or theater. Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada each designed prints for the series. Divided into two parts, the first group of prints features a poem next to the series title, while the second half includes a fan-shaped inset with a portrait of the featured poet. A wonderful and unusual series with great designs by the top artists of the mid-19th century. These prints would make great additions to any ukiyo-e collection.
Sanjo Udaijin, Poet No. 25 - Handsome portrait of the samurai Urabe Suetake, one of Minamoto no Yorimitsu's retainers, and the legendary child Kaidomaru. The orphaned boy was raised in the woods by the wild woman Yamauba, and was known for his incredible strength. Also known in his youth as Kintaro, he became the famous warrior Sakata no Kintoki. He is shown here looking up calmly at the warrior as he grips a large hatchet resting over his shoulder, his black and white checked robe tied around his waist. Suetake is dressed for hunting, carrying a bow with a quiver of arrows at his back. The poet for this design is Sanjo Udaijin, and his poem reads:
If your name is true,
Trailing vine of "Meeting Hill,"
Isn't there some way,
Hidden from people's gaze,
That you can draw her to my side?
A great image of these legendary characters, beautifully detailed and colored.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning, slight soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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