Yoshitora: Cat Demon and Magic Mirror

Utagawa Yoshitora

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Artist: Utagawa Yoshitora
Title: Okabe in Suruga Province
Series: “Calligraphy and Pictures for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô” (Shoga gojûsan eki).
Date: 1872

Okabe in Suruga Province: The Monster of the Cat Temple (Nekodera no kai). We see a kabuki actor holding a shakuhachi in one hand and a mirror in his left, which radiates strong energetic lines all around. Above him is a large cat monster, done very much in the style of Yoshitora’s teacher Kuniyoshi. This is number 22 in this series, which was a collaboration of numerous artists, including Kyosai. The right margin on this series is comprised of a telegraph pole.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Narrow bottom margin.
Dimensions: ôban (36.1 x 23.9 cm)
Publisher: Sawamuray Seikichi
Signature: Yoshitora ga


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