Urashima Taro Returning on a Turtle from the Dragon Palace, 1886 - Terrific design of the fisherman Urashima Taro riding on a turtle as he returns from the Dragon Palace. According to legend, after rescuing a turtle from children who were teasing it, the animal rewarded Urashima Taro with a visit to the Dragon Palace under the sea. Upon his return a few days later, he discovered that hundreds of years had passed. Here, he looks back over his shoulder for a final glance at the Dragon King, his daughter, Princess Otohime, and their attendants bidding him farewell, the palace looming behind them in faint outline. He sits atop a giant turtle with moss growing from its shell, a sign of longevity, as the animal skims across the waves. A beautiful image from this famous tale, with wonderful detail and soft color, including fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 18 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two attached panels, backed with paper. Slight separation at end of vertical centerfold, repaired. Creasing along fold, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.
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