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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
In this Osaka print, a fight scene between Ushiwakamaru (the young warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune, 1159-1189) and Kumasaka Chohan shows the youth leaping high in the air and aiming his sword. The print composition highlights the grace of the actors and the effort toward visual effect that characterizes fight scenes. Between the actors is a poem (a common feature of Osaka prints) in which Ushiwakamaru is compared to a spike of frost that can push through the ground in freezing weather:
A spike of frost
reveals its strength
as it lunges forward.
Translation of poem by John T. Carpenter
- Published References
- At the Museums. vol. XLIX, no. 1, 2003. p. 70.
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 55, pp. 162-163.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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- Rights Statement
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