Yoshitsuya Utagawa, Kidomaru Sorcerer, Magic

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Artist: Yoshitsuya Utagawa (1822-1866)
Title: Kidomaru
Series: An Assortment of Magic in Great Japan
Publisher: Kameya Iwakichi
Date: 1861
Dimensions: 24.7 x 35.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Yoshitsuya Utagawa, Kidomaru Sorcerer, Magic, Japanese woodblock print, japanese antique, edo
Yoshitsuya Utagawa, Kidomaru Sorcerer, Magic, Japanese woodblock print, japanese antique, edo Yoshitsuya Utagawa, Kidomaru Sorcerer, Magic, Japanese woodblock print, japanese antique, edo

Kidomaru was a famous bandit sorcerer who learned magic from a tengu, a winged mythical creature that had the ability to train martial arts as well as shapeshifting. In this print, Kidomaru used his magic to transform something into a large hawk. He is holding a scroll in his hand and his extravagant clothes are in tune with his otherworldly nature. Sorcerers and magic are common themes in ukiyo-e. Yoshitsuya's teacher, Kuniyoshi Utagawa, was also fond of the supernatural and many of this prints present unusual and mythical characters.

Yoshitsuya Utagawa


A student of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Yoshitsuya is best known for his depictions of warriors, and has produced many designs for both advertisement s and tattoos. He is considered one of Kuniyoshi's most important students, who's style can be seen in his warrior prints. Yoshitsuya also clevery depicted scenes of grandiose lengendary creatures to caricature of political events and avoid censorship.
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Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistYoshitsuya Utagawa
SubjectSamurai & Male, Ghosts & Religion, Animal & Birds
Dimensions24.7 x 35.8 cm
Condition ReportTrimmed.
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