Zhuang Shi Xinchi Slaying a Tiger in the Mountains
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
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Medium: woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e, woodblock
Edition size: n/a
Sheet size: 37.8 by 25.5 cm
Price: $3200 (excl. taxes)
From the series "Military Tales of the Han and Chu"
signed Oju Gototei Kunisada ga, publisher's tomo-e seal of Nishimuraya Yohachi of Eijudo, with censor's seal kiwame, ca. 1827
oban tate-e 14 7/8 by 10 in., 37.8 by 25.5 cm
Zhuang Shi Xinchi, or Soshi Shinki in Japanese, was a Chu dynasty (7th c.-223 b.c.) governor of Pien. In his time he was a renowned sportsman, particularly at tiger hunting, a dangerous sport favored by the aristocratic class. He is depicted with a deranged face, bearing a decorative sheath and dressed in richly patterned robes.
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