Yoshitoshi: Taira no Koremochi and Demoness
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Taira no Koremochi and Demoness
Series: Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan (Dai nippon meisho kagami)
Taira no Koremochi brandishes his sword at the demoness Kijo, who has just flown into the air. He braces the white silk with his left hand, holding it away from his face as the magical wind forces it upwards. This famous scene is from the play “Maple Viewing” (Momijigari), and we see maple leaves scattering about as a visual hint to the story. The demon had previously worn the appearance of the beautiful princess Sarashinahime, and this is the dramatic fulcrum of the story where her true form is revealed. Probably the best design in the series.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban 34.4 x 28.2 cm
Publisher: Funazu Chujiro
Literature: See “Beauty & Violence” , series number 27; Keyes 334.34.
Signature: Ôju Yoshitoshi