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    Sale 7432

    Japanese Prints, including The B.W. Robinson Collection

    7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 574

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

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    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
    Minamoto no Yorimitsu yakakata tsuchigumo yokai o nasu no zu [The Earth-Spider Conjures up Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu]

    Yorimitsu's sleep is troubled by visions conjured up by the Earth-Spider and his band of demons, while his companions play a game of go, signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi, published by Ibaya Sensaburo, good impression, colours and condition, slight wormhole damage repaired
    Oban tate-e triptych

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    There is censor's seal although this was published in 1843 and should have been subject to censorship. It was probably this print which caused Kuniyoshi to be hauled up before the authorities and severely reprimanded as the design was deemed to be a satire on the inertia of the Tokugawa Shogun Ieyoshi (the sleeping figure of Yorimitsu) and his unpopular chief minister Mizuno Nichizen (the seated guard closest to Yorimitsu)

    For another impression see Robert Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (Amsterdam, 1998), p.241

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