KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)
Ryugujo: Tawara Toda Returning From the Dragon King’s Palace With Three Gifts
Signed: Ichiyosai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Kagi-sho
Dated 1861

 

Tawara Toda riding a minogame (raincoat) turtle being escorted back from the Dragon King's Palace by various sea creatures with three treasures: rolls of silk that could not be shortened by cutting, an inexhaustable bag of rice, and the bell which was later hung at Miidera.
These were his rewards for killing the giant centipede at Seta. 

Tawara Toda is the fictional name given to a real 10th century warrior of the powerful Fujiwara family: Fujiwara Hidesato. Hidesato is best-known for the defeat of Taira Masakado, and the centipede in the story is perhaps a metaphor for Masakado. This is one of Kuniyoshi’s last and boldest triptychs.

Oban Triptych. Quite good impression and colors. Some holes and minor staining. Crease in left panel and other minor flaws.

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