ICHIJO-MODORIBASHI NO ONI
Taisho-Showa period, 20th century
D: 54.8cm (21.57in), T: 3.5cm (1.37in)
Impressive large-size colored wood carving relief of the scene of "Running-away ogre with his retrieved arm" from the tale of ogre at Ichijo modoribashi bridge ('Ichijo-moderibashi no Oni') in the chapter, named "Tsurugi (sword)" of "Heike Monogatari (The Tales of the Taira family)",
- the scene Tsuna (*Watanabe-no-Tsuna) slashed off an arm of the ogre was set on Ichijo modori-bashi bridge, and after that, it is said that the ogre changed himself into Tsuna's nanny and took his arm away... Influential traditional scene and motif for the various Japanese art forms such as noh, kabuki, netsuke, painting scroll, or woodblock print as the popular examples.
Quality carving in the fascinating composition with the round background of tasteful texture. In aesthetic used condition as is.
(*Watanabe no Tsuna (953-1025) was a Japanese samurai, a retainer of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (also known as Raikō), one of the earliest samurai to be famed for his military exploits.)
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