Sakata Kaidomaru – Kintaro and the Carp


Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)
Circa 1836
Size: Oban 10.5″ x 15″
Condition: Superb first edition printing. Unusual full size with full margins. Fine state of preservation. Deep rich color with extensive gauffrage.

Description: “Sakata Kaidomaru” is a legendary Japanese hero, often depicted as a child called Kintaro. Kintaro demonstrated extraordinary strength from his earliest childhood. As a young boy, Kintaro learned to communicate with animals and he developed superhuman strength. His legend includes performing incredible feats such as crushing boulders, fighting monsters and demons, uprooting trees, defeating bears at sumo and as shown in this piece, wrestling with a giant carp under a waterfall. During one of these events a great military leader Minamoto no Yorimitsu realized Kintaro’s potential as a warrior and enlisted the young boy as his retainer and bestowed upon him the name Sakata no Kintoki.

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