Utagawa Kuniyoshi, ‘Kido Maru Learning Magic from the Tengu’, ca. 1843, Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints & Drawing

Kidô Maru stabs a giant serpent with a snake-wrapped sword, his hands in a magical mudra. He is enveloped in magical flames and holds aomatsuba (wrapped pine-sprigs) in his mouth. His eyes glow bloodshot red as do the serpent’s. Four karasu tengu watch from below, laws outstretched. Robinson describes the scene as Kidô Maru learning magic from the tengu. Rare. Design is on the front cover of Robinson’s “Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints.”

Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

“Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints” by BW Robinson, S1f.1. This is the dust jacket cover image and is also shown in color, plate 12.

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