by Kunitsuna (1805 - 1868)
Comments - Fantastic triptych of the young Ushiwakamaru learning to fence with tengu under the direction of Sojobo, the king of the tengu, at Mt. Kurama. Winged spirits with bird-like beaks and claws, tengu are known for their fencing ability, and they trained Ushiwakamaru, who became the master swordsman and samurai Yoshitsune. Gripping a wooden stick with both hands, the young boy leaps on one foot after striking a tengu to the ground below, while crossing weapons with another tengu. The elderly Sojobo watches from the right, sitting on a fur skin, surrounded by more tengu. A seated warrior watches soberly from the left as a creature leaps above him, using his hand to brush aside the feathers scattering down through the air. A fantastic forest setting with a waterfall rushing over rocks at left, framed by the trunks of tall pine trees. An atmospheric design with terrific, imaginative detail in the mythological tengu. A great choice for a collector interested in Japanese folklore.
Artist - Kunitsuna (1805 - 1868)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Horizontal fold. A couple small losses at edges, repaired. Slight toning and rubbing, a few small spots. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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