by Shin-hanga & Modern artist (not read)
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Photographing a Soldier Sitting on a Demon - Unusual comic print depicting a monkey photographing a human soldier sitting atop a resigned-looking demon. The man is flanked by a dog and a pheasant in uniform, each carrying a rifle with bayonet fixed. The scene takes place on the deck of a ship, with flags fluttering at left and a sail at right. The characters reference the tale of Momotaro or Little Peachling. After emerging as a baby from a peach pit, Momotaro was adopted by an old couple. He decided to go off to the Ogres' Island and steal their treasure, and on his journey, he met a rabbit, a dog, and a pheasant, who decided to accompany him. With the assistance of his animal friends, he was able to subdue the demons and return home to his parents with the treasure. A peach appears on the flag at upper left. The old tale is used to satirize a more recent conflict, but we are not sure which one. An interesting design.
Artist - Shin-hanga & Modern artist (not read)
Image Size - 10 3/8" x 14 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases and small spots, slight curling at sides. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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