Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Ushiwakamaru and Monk, Meiji
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: The Picture of Ushiwakamaru and the Great Monk in Mt. Kurama
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
(L) 23.7 x 36 (C) 23.6 x 36 (R) 23.6 x 36 cm
Condition: Backing along edge of print. Slight thinning of paper on centre print.
The print shows a young Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1158-1189), then known as Ushiwakamaru, enduring training at a monastery in Mt. Kurama. Yoshitsune has become a legendary hero in Japan for his countless military exploits recounted in the Japanese epic The Tale of Heike. As shown in the print, Yoshitsune's prowess in combat was present in his early years. The bearded man to the right of the print is Sōjōbō, a powerful king of the tengu (Japanese demons), who taught Yoshitsune swordsmanship and battle tactics. Sōjōbō's renowned strength is rooted in the yamabushi tradition, a type of mountain asceticism which explores esoteric and extreme physical practices.
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||The Picture of Ushiwakamaru and the Great Monk in Mt. Kurama|
|Subject||Samurai & Male, Spirits & Religion|
|Dimensions||(L) 23.7 x 36 (C) 23.6 x 36 (R) 23.6 x 36 cm|