Yoshitoshi: Famous swordsman fighting the tengu king
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Famous swordsman fighting the tengu king
Series: Azuma no nishiki ukiyo kôdan (Tales of the Floating World on Eastern Brocade)
The famous swordsman Tsukahara Bokuden seems to be sparring with the tengu king, who here has mostly human features but is dressed as a yamabushi. The yamabushi uses only a staff, while the young man is fighting with a sword. They may be in the tengu’s hidden mountain country, as we see a waterfall flowing in the misty distance. The staff is raised in front of the title cartouche, so the writing must flow around it.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Some trimming left side only.
Literature: Keyes 202.15.
Signature: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu