I own the far left panel of this triptych by Kuniyoshi. Today I was very interested to see the entire image. From knowledge of the left panel only, the subject was samurai being ripped apart by tigers and a leopard. Kuniyoshi has shown both sides of the savagery in his art.
Information from the Fujiarts.com online gallery:
Original Kuniyoshi (1797 – 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Watonai Chasing Tigers, 1855
Comments – Incredible triptych of the renowned samurai Kato Kiyomasa (here called Watonai) and his men chasing tigers in Taiwan which have carried off some of his men. Kiyomasa was a leader during Japan’s Seven Year War with Korea in the 16th century. Fully armed and clutching a spear, the warrior watches from a cliff overhanging a river as two tigers swim away with soldiers in their mouths, a young cub perched on the back of one animal. On the opposite shore, another tiger mauls its victim. The dark night sky and craggy rocks heighten the tension of the scene. An amazing woodblock with a great dramatic subject, beautifully detailed and shaded. A wonderful choice for collectors interested in the samurai tradition.
Artist – Kuniyoshi (1797 – 1861)
Image Size – 14 1/4″ x 29 3/4″
Condition – This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small wormholes, repaired. A few creases. Please see photos for details.