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Japanese Edo Woodblock Print Kuniyoshi Sixty-nine Kisokaido Niekawa

Japanese Edo Woodblock Print Kuniyoshi Sixty-nine Kisokaido Niekawa


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1900: Item # 1281794
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Japanese Edo period woodblock print titled "Niekawa" from the series "The Sixty-nine Post-Stations of the Kisokaido Road" by Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) published by Kagaya Yasubei in 1852. The scene depicts the legendary and honorable minister Takeshiuchi-no-sukune defeating his treacherous brother Anamiuchi-no-sukune in the ordeal of boiling water. Takeshiuchi plunges his hand into a cauldron of boiling water after being wrongly accused of treason. While Takeshiuchi survives the ordeal of boiling water unscathed, due to his innocence, the scalding water splashes out and burns his evil brother. The lower left corner contains the signature and seal of the artist (signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi) and the series number 34. The series and image titles are in the cartouches at the upper right. Vertical oban size (14 1/2"V x 9 3/4"H). Very good overall condition. The print is not backed and the image and baren marks are clearly visible. There is some old adhesive residue at the upper edge verso and a horizontal centerfold is faintly visible. A darker area (possibly a water stain) is evident on the red sleeve. There is minor wear and fading evident. This image is listed and described on page 154 (S74.35) in B. W. Robinson "Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints," Cornell University Press, 1981.