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Kuniyoshi

In the Ruined Palace at Sôma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies (1844)

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  • Capturing the beauty of the original artwork

    Every one of our prints is made using the Giclee printing process, for a museum-quality look and feel that does justice to the original art.

    Giclee printing is the gold-standard for preserving the meticulous detail and stunning colors that we love in the Japanese masters. All our prints are fade and fingerprint resistant, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

    We chose to offer 12”x18” (30cm x 45cm) as this was closest to the “chuban” size sheets used for woodblock prints historically.

    All of our prints come with matte finish for a more authentic appearance.

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    Mounting brackets are included and centered on our framed prints and canvas wraps.

    All of our prints are made to last, with fade-resistant colors and materials. See how they arrive in the unboxing videos below.

  • About the Art

    Here, Kuniyoshi captures the moment when princess Takiyasha summons a giant skeletal specter against her enemies. It looms out of a black abyss and pulls down the partition to glare at the emperor's retainer Mitsikuni, sent to eliminate the princess and her allies.

    Princess Takiyasha was the daughter of warlord Taira Masakado, who rebelled against the imperial court in Kyoto, setting up his own Eastern court. The rebellion was put down and Masakado was decapitated for his treachery. However, his daughter survived him and continued living in his ruined palace at Soma.

    The emperor dispatched the samurai Mitsukuni to hunt down the princess (who had become a witch) and her remaining allies. In this scene, Mitsukuni is at the palace, which was haunted by the ghosts of the soldiers that died fighting. Princess Takiyasha reads from a scroll and summons the spirits of the soldiers as one, in the form of a towering skeleton.

    The brave Mitsukuni looks defiantly back at the specter, as he strikes a rebel with a sheathed sword and pins his opponent's weapon to the floor with his foot.

    He goes on to defeat the rebels.

    If Kuniyoshi has a single greatest masterpiece, many believe that this is it. Original copies are extremely rare and can fetch $25,000, if they are for sale at all.

    Aside from the stunning composition and detail that we can expect from Kuniyoshi, one intriguing point of interest is the detailed anatomical representation of the skeleton. This true-to-life, anatomical drawing was likely taken from Dutch academic references, which were just beginning to find their way into a newly open Japanese society at the time.

    The way that the skeleton pulls down the curtain to peer above is likely a nod to Hokusai's print, from the ghostly tale of Kohada Koheiji, which you can learn more about here.

  • We're proud to offer a shipping policy that compares favorably with any online retailer.

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    We're sure you'll love your prints. However, if there are any problems with the printing, we're happy to offer a free exchange or refund 100% of the purchase price. Simply return the print within 30 days. For full details of our refunds and exchanges policy click here.


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