Yoshitsuya Utagawa, Kidomaru Sorcerer, Magic
Artist: Yoshitsuya Utagawa (1822-1866)
Series: An Assortment of Magic in Great Japan
Publisher: Kameya Iwakichi
Dimensions: 24.7 x 35.8 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
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 UtagawaNo description
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Subject||Samurai & Male, Ghosts & Religion, Animal & Birds|
|Dimensions||24.7 x 35.8 cm|