Kuniyoshi: Station Warabi: Dôsestsu
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Station Warabi: Dôsestsu
Series: Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road
Inuyama Dôsetsu is shown displaying his mastery over the fire element. He collects offerings for temples by performing this miraculous display. Here we see some remnants of straw at the lower right, but Dôsestsu is completely engulfed in flames, his robes and hair flowing upward by the fire-induced wind. His hands are clasped in a secret mudra, and he holds a sprig of pines wrapped in paper in his mouth as part of the magical spell. The cartouche is lined with puppies to humorously connect the image with the story of the “Eight dogs of Satomi”. One of the finest designs in the series.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (34.4 x 24.6 cm)
Publisher: Izutsuya Shôkichi
Literature: See Sarah Thompson’s “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô”, figure 3, page 22.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga