豐原國周Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
Toyokuni kigoo kijutsu kurabe Idaten Goroo
木版画｜纵绘大判｜35.5cm x 23.8cm
Woodblock｜Oban tate-e｜35.5cm x 23.8cm
The series "A Contest of Magic Scenes by Toyokuni" was created by Utagawa Toyokuni III (Kunisada), in the final days of his incredible career. It includes 37 stories about Japanese enchanters using sorcery against monsters. Some were completed by Toyokuni III's pupil, Kunichika, as this one was.
The protagonist in this print is " Idaten Goroo " -- we can also call him " Idaten" He was originally a handsome and brave Hindu God of War. Skanda, who became a Buddhist deity. He is known for his great speed which is related to this impressive print.
It is said that after the death of Sakyamuni, the Gods discussed the cremation of the body, but when the Gods were in the cremation field, a Rakshasa ghost stole the bones of the Buddha. Upon seeing the situation, Idaten immediately captured the Rakshasa ghost and retrieved the Buddha's bones. He won the praise of the kings of the heavens. Idaten in the painting is burly, mighty and brave. He holds the vajra in his left hand, and steps on the hot wheel to cross the raging fire. From the Buddha bone he holds in his right hand, it can be seen that he has been successful in his quest. The composition is jam-packed with action and the effect is, frankly, stunning. In addition to the image of Idaten and the dazzling Buddha bones in his hands, the wheels rolling under his feet in the sea of fire are also impressive -- printers created this effect by allowing pigment to oxidize, a cool trick.
Early impression with rich color; trimmed; backed.