Kiyochika: Taira no Tadamori Captures the Pries of Midô Temple

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Taira no Tadamori Captures the Pries of Midô Temple
Date: ca. 1883

One of Kiyochika’s most evocative historical triptychs. We see the moment where Taira no Tadamori discovers that the ghostly figure he had seen from a distance in the outskirts of Kyoto was in fact a bedraggled priest replenishing the oil in the stone lanterns. Tadamori here seems to be retying the sword on his back after realizing the harmlessness of the supposed ghost. The spooky evening with the haunting trees and swamplike ground is very effectively depicted.

Condition: Very good impression.  Good color and fair condition.  Toned, with some issues near right edges. This is the 2nd edition, with the pattern on the margin.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Hara Taneaki
Literature: Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan by Henry D. Smith II, 1988, number 72, page 67.
Signature: Kiyochika