Art Meets Taboo in the Tradition of Japanese Tattoos
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.
Japanese, 1797-1861, Japan, based in Japan