7 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 3,250
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Yoshitsune Ichidaiki: Gojobashi no zu [The Life of Yoshitsune: the View of the Gojo Bridge]
The fight in the moonlight between Benkei, the warrior monk who mistakenly thought he was going to collect his one thousandth sword, from the innocent-looking young Yoshitsune who had been taught the magical power of leaping by the tengu (cf. Lots 540 and 625), they are watched by Yoshitsune's faithful servant Kisanda Masakiyo, signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi, published by Fujiokaya Hikotaro, kiwame seal, fine impression, colours and condition
Oban tate-e triptych
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The title would appear to indicate that this design was intended to be part of a series, but so far no other companion pieces have been recorded.
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