Magician Jiraiya and Origami Toads, 1847 - 1852

by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

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Magician Jiraiya and Origami Toads, 1847 - 1852 by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

Original Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866) Japanese Woodblock Print
Magician Jiraiya and Origami Toads, 1847 - 1852

Comments - Terrific kabuki scene from the tale of the thief and folk hero Jiraiya, who also practiced toad magic. Here, he stands on the verandah of an elegant palace, frowning angrily at a samurai in the courtyard below. The heavy kimono draped over his shoulders features a dragon pattern. The samurai glares back at him, wearing armor under his kimono, an iron truncheon in one hand and a sash tied around his forehead. At right, a princess conjures up origami toads from a stack of papers beside her, the paper creatures flying across the sky to become a live toad at lower left, which bites a magical snake. A full moon glows in the evening sky, and a few cherry blossoms petals drift across the scene. A fantastic supernatural subject, wonderfully detailed.

Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 5/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few repairs and creases. Please see photos for details.

Magician Jiraiya and Origami Toads, 1847 - 1852 by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Magician Jiraiya and Origami Toads, 1847 - 1852 by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

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