Kunimaro Utagawa, Honourable Warrior Riding a Horse

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Artist: Kunimaro Utagawa (active c. 1830–1870)
Title: Honourable Warrior Riding a Horse
Publisher: Takatomo
Date: 1843
Size: (L)35.1 x 23.1 (C)35.2 x 24 (R)35.2 x 23.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Half-length portraits of warriors or actors spread boldly across all three sheets of a triptych and forming one image were becoming very popular by the end of the Edo Period (1603 - 1868). Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861) was the most recognised artist for his depiction of historical warriors and many others followed the theme. Massive muscles and stern expressions were characteristic, lending them a powerful and strong look. In this print, Kunimaro depicts the samurai warrior in great detail, with special attention paid to his armour. He wears a jinbaori, a short coat without sleeves, which a high-ranking samurai wore over his armour. The coat is decorated with a dragon, highly regarded as symbols of an unwavering spirit and wisdom.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Kunimaro Utagawa
Title Honourable Warrior Riding a Horse
Subject Samurai & Male, Animal & Birds
Dimensions (L)35.1 x 23.1 (C)35.2 x 24 (R)35.2 x 23.8 cm
Condition Report Minor stains due to old glue, paper residue on the back, slightly trimmed.

Kunimaro Utagawa