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Kintarō rigyo o toru 金太郎捕鯉魚 (Kintarō Captures the Carp)
- Kintarō rigyo o toru 金太郎捕鯉魚 (Kintarō Captures the Carp)
Colour woodblock print, vertical diptych. Strong boy Kintaro (also called Kaidomaru) wrestling a giant carp at the base of a waterfall. Clear glue applied to the eyes to give them lustre (original to the print). Two sheets pasted together.
- July 1885
- Published in: Tokyo-to
- Height: 37.7 centimetres (top sheet)
- Width: 25.7 centimetres (top sheet)
- Height: 39.1 centimetres (bottom sheet)
- Width: 26.1 centimetres (bottom sheet)
- Height: 73.9 centimetres (overall)
- Width: 26.4 centimetres (overall)
Inscription TransliterationŌju Yoshitoshi ga
Inscription TranslationDrawn by Yoshitoshi, to special request
Inscription Typeseal impression
Inscription CommentCollector's seal
Kintaro was a childhood name of the warrior hero Sakata no Kintoki. He was a strong boy raised in the wild by a mountain woman called Yamauba. The episode of him struggling with a giant carp has currently been traced only as far back as the 1820s. See the commentary to the print of the same subject by Kuniyoshi (where the boy is named Sakata Kaidōmaru) in Timothy Clark, Kuniyoshi, from the Arthur R. Miller Collection, London, RA Publications, 2009, no. 18. This is an early and very fine impression of a striking design considered among the most important of Yoshitoshi’s whole oeuvre. This print was formerly in the collection of Nihonga artist Kaburaki Kiyokata (q.v.) (T. Clark, 2/2012)
Machida Shiritsu Kokusai Manga Bijutsukan, ed. Dai musha-e ten (2003), no. 257
See Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence (1982), no. 473; Chris Uhlenbeck & Amy Reigle Newland, Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Fries Collection (Hotei Publishing, 2011), no. 86.
2012 Feb – Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan, from Prehistory to the Present’
Credit Line: Purchase funded by JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund
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Object reference number: JCF22966
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