Comments - Incredible kabuki scene of the warrior Yorimasa preparing to kill the mythical nue, a fantastic monster with the head of a monkey, the body of a tiger, and a serpent's tail. The nue had been attacking the imperial palace and tormenting the emperor at night. Yorimasa shot it down with an arrow, and here the creature snarls as it grips the end of the samurai's bow, its snake tale threatening to strike with flames coming from its gaping mouth. At left, Yorimasa's servant Ino Hayata holds a flaming torch high, watching the animal with a determined frown. Orange bolts of lightning zigzag across the night sky, and the palace can be seen in gray silhouette in the background. Ichikawa Danjuro appears as Yorimasa. Beautifully detailed with burnishing on the black court caps and embossing on the sharkskin hilts of two swords. A terrific bold design and a great image from this legendary tale.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small losses at corners, a few wormholes, slight separation along fold at side, repaired. Slight soiling, a couple small stains. Please see photos for details.
If you are a new bidder, please read the Rules and Guidelines page before bidding.