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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Sagiike Heikurō (鷺池平九郎) from the series Eight Hundred Heroes of the Japanese Shuihuzhuan (Honchō Suikoden gōyū happyakunin no hitori - 本朝水滸伝剛勇八百人一個)

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Dates: circa 1842 - 1846,created
Dimensions: 9.25 in,13.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Ibaya Sensaburō
(Marks 127 - seal 21-095
Nanushi censor's seal: Watari

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - a different publsher; British Museum - a different publisher; Los Angeles County Museum - Yoshitoshi's 1865 version; Pushkin Museum of Art - 1892 Nobukazu triptych;

Physical description:

"Sagiike Heikurō was a farmer of the Kawachi region [present-day Osaka prefecture]. One day, while he was fishing by a mountain stream, he saw the reflection of a large snake in the water just as it was reaching down to swallow his head. By nature a courageous man, Heikurō clenched his fists, turned round, struck the snake and stunned it. Then he seized the snake's jaws with his hands, split the snake in two, and threw it aside."

Quoted from: Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales - One Hundred Tales of Japan and China by John Stevenson, p. 46. [See the link above to the Yoshitoshi print being referenced.]

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There are at least two editions of this print. One of them was published by Kagaya Kichiemon.