Kuniyoshi: Shigenaka and Snakes

Kuniyoshi: Shigenaka and Snakes

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Shigenaka and Snakes
Series: Honcho kendo ryaku den (Abridged Stories of Our Country’s Swordsmanship)
Date: ca. 1843-46

Matsui Tomijiro Shigenaka warily observes three snakes wriggling past him, perhaps reading a portent in their activity. His traveling hat and bundle have been put on the ground behind him and he places his right hand on his sword hilt.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwazo
Literature: Robinson S37.13
Seal: Hama Yahei (censor)
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga