Toyohara Kunichika, "Hangaku Gozen"
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Hangaku Gozen is one of Japan’s most famous historical women warriors (onna-musha). A member of the Taira clan, Hangaku lived in the 12th century. Here she is shown evading the searchlights of the enemy while grasping a naginata. In the background, beams of light from gandos (searchlights) deployed by her samurai pursuers are delicately printed. An exquisite design!
Toyohara Kunichika's series, Mirror of Demonic People, Good and Evil, comprises a total of 32 prints featuring warriors and bandits in Japanese history and folklore whose exploits exemplify both the good and evil in human nature. Tokaido Arts is pleased to present a rare selection of designs from this incredible series.
Series: Mirror of Demonic People, Good and Evil
Format: Oban (approx. 9" x 14")
Condition: Excellent color and condition
Frame Shown: 16" x 24" x 1/2", Classic Wood, Ebony
Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) was a prolific woodblock print artist whose works portraying kabuki plays and actors are noted for their use of rich, deep colors.