The painting depicted a samurai met an old man at night. In Japan there are many legendary tales of ogre extermination where samurai fights with ogre to protect people and their town. Some folklore says that the ogre turns into human and attacks people go around. Here, the samurai was prepared for the fight by the torii, which is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred. While waiting for ogre to appear, he saw an old man, which was very strange to come across at late night. He wondered if he was the ogre in disguise. Signed Hogan Eishin and sealed. Kano Yasunobu (Eishin) (1613-1685) was a brother of Kano Tan'yu (1602-1674) and Kano Naonobu (1607-1650). He was selected to succeed as head of the Kano school. In 1630 Yasunobu moved to Edo, where he served as court painter at the Tokugawa shogunal court. He was granted a residence in the Nakabashi district of Edo, where he founded the Nakabashi Kano School, which was one of the four highest-ranking Kano studios. Yasunobu received the honorary religious title hogen (Eye of the Law), bestowed on artists of merit in 1662.
The painting is in good condition.
Painting: 20”x 41 3/8” (50.5cm x 105.0cm)