Kuniyoshi: Keyamura Rokusuke and Kappa (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Keyamura Rokusuke and Kappa
Date: ca. 1836
Keyamura Rokusuke raises his fist to dislodge three fierce kappa, who cling to him with curled claws. Another is seen racing up the waterfall to join the others. A rare and excellent design.
Condition: Good impression, color and condition. All extant examples are trimmed into the signature at bottom, even untrimmed ones. Repaired holes along right edge.
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô
Literature: “Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints” by BW Robinson, list #SIe.4; photo page 101. See Freer/Sackler and MFA for other examples.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga