Traditional Japanese Woodblock print of Love and the Moon
"Utagawa Toyokuni (1769, Edo - February 24, 1825, Edo) was born as the son of a puppet maker. He learned printmaking as a student of Toyoharu. At the beginning of his career he concentrated on bijin-ga - images of beautiful women. Toyokuni's success and fame came when he started making yakusha-e or actor portraits and actor scenes. This image dated 1848 is Act1, scene 4 of 'Yumemono gatari and was published by Minatoya Kohe. It shows a moonlit scene with Fireflys in the sky. The lover in the boat and two figures rowing towards it, one man holds up his hand and forms part of my own private collection of original woodblock prints.This image dated 1848 is Act1, scene 4 of 'Yumemono gatari and was published by Minatoya Kohe. It shows a moonlit scene with Fireflys in the sky. The lover in the boat and two figures rowing towards it, one man holds up his hand and forms part of my own private collection of original woodblock prints."
Japanese Triptych Woodblock Print of the Hunt
'A wonderful tryptic created by the master woodblock printer Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 illustrating the monster hunt story, the hunt is called Nue Taiji, Yorimasaaas retainer, Hayata Tadazumi, despatching the Nue with his sword amongst thunder and lightning. The Nue ( a composite beast, as big as a house with monkeyaas head, back of badger, claws of tiger, scales of dragon and tail of snake ) was shot by the skilled archer Yorimasa on the roof of the Shishinden Palace. One of the finest designs from Honcho Suikoden goyu happyakunin no hitori, aEight Hundred Heroes of our Countryaas Suikoden, One by One.aA Robinson S4.6. Published by Kagaya Kichiyemon, c. 1830. There is a similar creature in Greek mythology called a Chimera.This print forms part of my own personal collection.'
Anuradhapura temple in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura was the old capital of Sri Lanka. It was create by Devanampiya Tissa (Devanompiyatissa).
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