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Rokuyosai Kuniyoshi Jiman; Shakku

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)


六様性国芳自慢赤口

Ōmori Hikoshichi 大森彦七 was a general serving the warlord (later shogun) Ashikaga Takauji (1305–1358). He defeated the loyalist general Kusunoki Masashige (1294–1336) at the Battle of Minatogawa in 1336 and was made governor of Iyo Province as reward. On his way to celebrate his appointment, Ōmori encountered a beautiful young woman fretting because her travel was obstructed by a river. He gallantly offered to carry her on his back. In the middle of the river she suddenly became quite heavy. This aroused his suspicion. A moonlit reflection in the water revealed that the woman was a demon in disguise. The demon was actually the vengeful spirit of Kusunoki attempting—unsuccessfully—to steal Ōmori’s sword.

Private collection in France (French dealer).
Thomas French (1)
(1) According to Thomas French, "Purchased indirectly from a private collection in France through a dealer." October, 2006.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)
period
Edo
creation date
1860
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (image)
14 9/16 x 9 3/4 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor seal: date seal
accession number
2006.122
credit line
Miscellaneous Asian Art Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors