Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Kintaro Captures the Carp, Vertical Diptych

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: Kintaro Captures the Carp
Publisher: Hasegawa Tsunejiro
Date: Originally published in 1885 (later edition)
Size: (T) 24.9 x 37.7, (B) 24.9 x 37.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Kintaro, often translated as the Golden Boy, is a prevalent figure in Japanese folklore. He is commonly thought to be based on Sakata Kintoki, a retainer of the samurai Minamoto no Yoshitsune during the Heian period. Although there are several variations of the legend, most stories depict Kintaro raised in the wild by a mountain witch known as a yama-uba. From an early age Kintaro displayed phenomenal strength and a closeness with the animals from the mountain. Many tales describe his various adventures defeating oni demons and helping the local villagers. Arguably, one of the most famous of Kintaro's exploits is his wrestling with a giant koi carp, demonstrating the extent of his physical ability.

Yoshitoshi's vertical composition emphasises the dynamism of the scene: Kintaro dives with the carp close to the riverbed as the yama-uba searches for him atop the banks.

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Print Format Diptych
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Kintaro Captures the Carp
Subject Samurai & Male, Animal & Birds
Dimensions (T) 24.9 x 37.7, (B) 24.9 x 37.8 cm
Condition Report Trimmed. Smudge of a pigment on the cartouche at the bottom of the print.