The Great Battle of the Vegetables and the Fish, 1859

by Hirokage (active circa 1855 - 1865)

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The Great Battle of the Vegetables and the Fish, 1859 by Hirokage (active circa 1855 - 1865)

Original Hirokage (active circa 1855 - 1865) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Great Battle of the Vegetables and the Fish, 1859

Comments - Fantastic, comical scene of a battle between vegetable and fish warriors. At right, the vegetable troops are assembled along the shore under the direction of a gourd-headed general waving his battle fan from astride his black horse. Just to the left, tiny octopus warriors armed with swords make their way along a spear in a shaft of light. They are surrounded by samurai with a variety of different fish for their heads. The subject supposedly refers to the cholera epidemic of 1858, when it was thought to be safer to eat vegetables than risk catching the disease from eating fish. Hirokage was a student of Hiroshige, and this imaginative design is considered his masterwork.

Artist - Hirokage (active circa 1855 - 1865)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. A few small holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, wrinkling in right panel. Please see photos for details.

The Great Battle of the Vegetables and the Fish, 1859 by Hirokage (active circa 1855 - 1865)
The Great Battle of the Vegetables and the Fish, 1859 by Hirokage (active circa 1855 - 1865)

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