Bravery Matched with the Twelve (Zodiac) Signs: Rabbit and Iga Jutaro

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Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1797-1861)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1840
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 36.6 x 12.5 cm (14 7/16 x 4 15/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.168.4
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, Eastern zodiac, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, portrait, rabbit, ukiyo-e, warrior, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

In an act forbidden by Buddhist law, the warrior Iga Jutaro holds a rabbit aloft as he prepares to kill it with a large knife he holds in his right hand. The scene is at the altar of a Buddhist temple; the canopy overhead is marked with the swastika symbols that in East Asia denote a sacred place. Expertly controlled color gradation in the smoke and other motifs enhance the artistry of this image.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 83, p. 214-5, 222-23.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum