Minamoto no Raiko and His Men in the Lair of Shuten-doji, 1876

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Minamoto no Raiko and His Men in the Lair of Shuten-doji, 1876 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Minamoto no Raiko and His Men in the Lair of Shuten-doji, 1876

Series; Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan

Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan - Yoshitoshi designed this fantastic series of fifty-one prints of military heroes from 1876 to 1882. These dramatic images of famous warriors created a sensation with the Japanese public. Full of violence and intense emotions, Yoshitoshi's bold and innovative compositions tackled a historic subject using a modern style. His realism and drafting skill captured the important legacy of these national heroes at a time when Japan was struggling with the aftermath of the Satsuma Rebellion. Classic Yoshitoshi images, these dynamic prints are a great choice for collectors.

Minamoto no Raiko and His Men in the Lair of Shuten-doji, 1876 - Fantastic scene of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raiko) and his men at the mountain lair of the terrible demon, Shuten-doji. Disguised as traveling monks, Raiko and his retainers traveled to the monster's hideout to rescue the young beauties he had kidnapped. They are shown here enjoying a banquet, plying Shuten-doji with sake to put him into a drunken stupor. The demon sits at right, resting sleepily against an armrest and holding an enormous cup filled with sake, as one of Raiko's men performs a dance to entertain him. A terrific subject from this great legend, nicely detailed.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. A couple small tears at edge, repaired. Wrinkling, creasing, slight toning and soiling, light staining at edge. Please see photos for details.

Minamoto no Raiko and His Men in the Lair of Shuten-doji, 1876 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Minamoto no Raiko and His Men in the Lair of Shuten-doji, 1876 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)