The Rat and Cat of Kuroishi

by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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The Rat and Cat of Kuroishi by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Rat and Cat of Kuroishi

Series; Gekko's Essays
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The Rat and Cat of Kuroishi - Fantastic scene from a folktale about a very faithful cat, which followed an old man's daughter everyone. The father was concerned that the tom cat might be in love with his daughter and about to cast a spell over her, so he decided that he must kill the cat. The cat overheard his plans, and spoke to him, telling him that a giant rat was in love with his daughter, and he was protecting her from being carried off by the rat. That night, the cat battled the enormous rat, which was almost as large as he was. The fight awakened the household, which rushed to the cat's aid, slitting the rat's throat, but the cat died from its wounds and was buried with honor in the local temple. Here, the animals are locked in fierce combat, the rat attempting to bite the cat's throat as it sprawls on its back. A dramatic image drawn with a lively expressive line. Note the unusual table in the inset, which features animal legs. An intriguing subject.

Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Image Size - 13" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Light crease at side, a few spots. Please see photos for details.

The Rat and Cat of Kuroishi by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
The Rat and Cat of Kuroishi by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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