Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Fighting Under Water, Tattoo Design

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Title: Modern Life-Size Dolls. Tanmeijiro Genshogo Fighting Under Water
Publisher: Iseyoshi
Date: 1856
Size: 24.3 x 36 cm
Condition: Light soiling and stains.

 

Life-size dolls representing historical or fictional characters were a popular form of temporary attraction, displayed at fairgrounds, including those near the temple of Kannon at Asakusa in Edo. One such doll display in 1856 included a colourful representation of the underwater fight scene in 'Water Margin'. The diorama was modelled on Kuniyoshi's best-selling print of Ruan Xiaowu published almost thirty years earlier. In addition to the original print in the series '108 Heroes of the Popular Water Margin', Kuniyoshi went on to design a print illustrating this doll display.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title Modern Life-Size Dolls. Tanmeijiro Genshogo Fighting Under Water
Subject Samurai & Male
Condition Report Light soiling and stains.
Dimensions 24.3 x 36 cm
Publisher Iseyoshi