by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Comments - Terrific scene from the legendary tale of the Demon of Oeyama, the horrible Shuten-doji, who kidnapped young beauties and held them hostage in his lair on Mt. Oe near Kyoto. The great warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raiko) and his four most trusted retainers traveled to the demon's hideout in order to kill him. After lulling him into a drunken stupor, Raiko cut off the monster's head with his sword. At bottom center, Raiko fearlessly faces the raging monster, who grimaces and reaches for him. A samurai has climbed onto Shugen-doji's leg to thrust his sword at him, while the other warriors likewise surround him with swords drawn. On either side, smaller horned demons tumble through the air while beauties flee. A fantastic design from this famous tale. The first time we've seen this Yoshitoshi triptych.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 29 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few small losses and holes, slight thinning at edges, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.