Bravery Matched with the Twelve (Zodiac) Signs: Tiger and Kashiwade no Omi Hatebe

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1798-1861)
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
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.168.3
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, snow, tiger, ukiyo-e, warrior, waterfall, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The tiger in this print is paired with the warrior Kashiwade no Omi Hatebe, who is recorded in the Chronicle of Japan (Nihon shoki, 720), the earliest official history of Japan. Here, as an envoy to Korea, he attacks the tiger who killed his child. His exaggerated facial expression and pose echo the style of staged combat in kabuki performances.

Published References
  • Robert T. Singer. The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. Exh. cat. Princeton, New Jersey. p 48, fig 10C.
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 82, pp. 214-5, 220-21.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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