Princess Yaegaki and Magic Foxfires - Fantastic kabuki illustration of Princess Yaegaki and the magic foxfires. The princess was intent on returning a fantastic helmet, a Takeda clan treasure that had been stolen by her father, to her lover, the handsome Katsuyori. However, after leaving her father’s castle, she came upon a huge lake that she couldn’t cross in her quest to reach Katsuyori. She prayed to the god of the Suwa Shrine, who sent a white fox to protect her. In this print, the princess holds the battle helmet aloft in her outstretched hands as she smiles over her shoulder at Katsuyori. The helmet is topped with horns, a demon's head, and a flowing white wig, the hair delicately embossed. Magic foxfires flicker against the dark night sky to guide her safely. At left, the warrior Shirasuga Rokuro grimaces angrily as he waits for the chance to kill his enemy Katsuyori. Nice large figures, with fine bokashi shading in the sky and a burnished geometric pattern on the red kimono at right.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss at corner, a couple holes, repaired. Slight soiling, Please see photos for details.