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    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.

    • Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1797-1861
    • Medium: Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
    • Place Made: Japan
    • Dates: 1835
    • Period: Edo Period
    • Dimensions: 15 x 10 5/16 in. (38.1 x 26.2 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 1999.139.1
    • Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace in memory of her husband, Stanley L. Wallace M.D.
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). 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, Stanley L. Wallace M.D., 1999.139.1
    • Image: overall, 1999.139.1_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: 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.
    • Record Completeness: Best (86%)
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    Recent Comments
    10:13 04/16/2011
    Kintaro, wonder-child
    with just a bib of red and gold
    often red-naked;
    Kintaro, child of nature
    of the Ashigara mountain
    friend of rabbit, monkey, squirrel,
    tanuki and fox
    Oh Kintaro! save us from this wild carp
    so gigantic no human can tame
    or catch
    Oh Kintaro! super child, child of thunder sent by red dragon of Mt Ashigara
    Oh subdue the Gigantic carp,
    Oh Kintaro – save us!
    and see now Kintaro comes
    leaps into the waters
    and Kintaro fights the carp
    Kintaro subdues the monster
    and the waters leap out
    and flow like rivers
    and they fill lake and ponds
    and Kintaro has subdued the carp
    and we are all safe now again!
    Thanks to Kintaro!
    and so may all boys be strong
    may all boys be brave
    like little boy Kintaro
    like mighty, mighty Kintaro

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