Watönai (Katö Kiyomasa) Hunting a Tiger

Watönai (Katö Kiyomasa) Hunting a Tiger

Object Title:

Watönai (Katö Kiyomasa) Hunting a Tiger

Date:

c. 1842 - 1847

Artist:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Active:

c. 1830s~1910s

Publisher:

Yamashiroya Jinbei < Yamajin > Sanseidö

Medium:

Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Credit Line:

Gift of Victor S.K. Houston in honor of his wife, Pinao Brickwood Houston, 1941 (11641.34)

Object Number:

11641.34

Seals:

Yamashiro-ya Jinbei Sansendö (c. 1830s~1910s) 山城屋甚兵衛 <山甚>山泉堂天保~明治

Other Title:

Kanji : 和藤内虎刈ノ圖

Description:

The subject of this print is the daimyo Katö Kiyomasa (1562-1611), a valiant soldier who served under the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and, along with Hideyoshi, earned a reputation as one of the “Seven Spears” of Shizugatake. He was also famous for his exploits in Korea; this triptych is a depiction of his battles there. Katö is portrayed battling a fierce Korean tiger as it retreats in the snow with one of Katö’s soldiers grasped in its jaws. Much like dragons, tigers have a mythical status in China, Korea, and Japan. The tiger is associated with ferocity and strength, making it the perfect symbol for a warrior. "Imagination, Power & Humor: The Art of Utagawa Kuniyoshi" 10/14/2010 - 12/19/2010 **************************************** The subject of this print is the daimyo Katö Kiyomasa (1562-1611), a valiant soldier under the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who, along with Hideyoshi, earned the reputation as one of the "Seven Spears" of Shizugatake. Also famous for his exploits in Korea, his battles there are depicted in this triptych. Katö battles a fierce Korean tiger as it retreats in the snow with one of Katö's own soldiers grasped in its jaw. Tigers are a relatively common subject matter among contemporary tattoo artists. Much like the popular image of a dragon, the tiger has mythical status in China, Korea, and Japan. It is associated with ferocity and strength, making it the perfect symbol for a warrior. Contemporary tattoo artist Horiyoshi III is well known for his designs for full back tattoos depicting ferocious tigers and employing little preparatory drawing, instead relying on freely drawn tattoo techniques. (Tattoo exhbition 2005)