Oniwakamaru and the Giant Carp Fight Underwater
Known by many names (including Kintaro, or Golden Boy), Sakata Kaidomaru was an eleventh-century warrior of legendary strength who is said to have displayed great prowess as a fighter even in his early childhood. This celebrated image shows the well-muscled boy wrestling a giant carp under a waterfall. Kuniyoshi adds considerable depth and energy to the scene through his innovative depictions of a transparent stream of water and scattering white spray.
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). Oniwakamaru and the Giant Carp Fight Underwater, 1835. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 15 x 10 5/16 in. (38.1 x 26.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace in memory of her husband, Dr. Stanley L. Wallace, 1999.139.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.139.1_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
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This print depicts the famous legend of a young demon, Oniwakamaru (aka Sakata Kaidomaru, aka Kintaro, aka Golden Boy), fighting with a Giant Carp, which swallowed his mother. Oniwakamaru's mother gave birth to him after a mysterious dream that she would miraculously conceive a child in her old age. The title of the print is located on the upper left, and the artist's signature appears under the title, and the legend about Oniwakamaru is written in an extended text on the lower left. The artist, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), is one of the Utagawa school's ukiyo-e artists, who portrayed old stories and legends as most of his themes.
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