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Sakata Kaido-maru Wrestling the Giant Carp (1836) - Fine Art Print

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    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.

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  • About the Art

    The mighty Kaido-maru grapples with the thrashing carp in a waterfall, as water sprays and crashes around them.

    This is an exquisite piece by Kuniyoshi. His unique approach to portraying water is suggestive of a starry night’s sky, giving the scene its enchanting aura. Take a look at the subtle detailing of the carp: the translucency of its fin and directional movement of its scales. Kuniyoshi depicts the creature as simultaneously delicate and dangerous, showing his mastery in creating complex characters.

    The character of Sakata Kaido-maru is based on the Japanese folk hero ‘Kintarō’. His name translates to mean “golden boy”, although he’s usually portrayed in a pink-red colour rather than gold. He’s a child with superhuman strength who holds many animal-like powers. Born in the mountains,Kintarō wasorphaned and raised by a Yamauba - a mountain witch - who was known for eating children. Despite her terrible ways, the Yamauba decided to raiseKintarō as her own.

    Kintarō grew in strength as he did in age, so by the age of eight was able to break tree trunks as if they were twigs. As he was raised in the forests, he befriended animals and soon learnt how to communicate with them. Often he wrestled them for sport to develop his fighting skills.

    Here, Kintarō wraps his arms around a giant carp, holding it firmly as the Bishamon waterfall pounds down on them. Waterfalls were a common symbol of religion and the supernatural, believed to be the homes of deities and spirits. Many still have dedicated shrines. The character of Kintarō is also still celebrated, usually on ‘Children’s Day’, as he’s believed to bring strength and perseverance.

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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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