Comments - Fantastic image of the spirit of Taira no Tomomori sitting on an enormous crab at the bottom of the sea in Daimotsu Bay. Following his defeat at the naval Battle of Dan-no-ura, Tomomori and several of his men committed suicide by leaping into the ocean. They returned as ghosts to haunt Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Tomomori looks up with an angry grimace as he grips a naginata in one hand, his blue face and lips indicating that he is dead. Fish swim past his face and an octopus can be seen at upper right while another clambers over the enormous anchor in the background. At bottom, Tomomori's retainers are still bleeding from wounds sustained in the battle. Smaller crabs crawl over Tomomori, and those in the area became known as Heike crabs, because the shells bear a pattern resembling a face, said to be that of the drowned Heike warriors. A terrific design with wonderful detail.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. A few losses and holes, small tear at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and marks, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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