Benkei and the Giant Carp

Tsukioka (aka Taiso) Yoshitoshi

Benkei and the Giant Carp


Original Japanese color woodblock print

37 cm x 25.2 cm

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Burbank, CA


$12,000 - $35,000

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Benkei fighting the giant carp in the waterfall of Bishamon ga taki. One of Yoshitoshi’s masterpieces, this example is probably the one of the finest anywhere. The Cole Collection example at LACMA is in poor condition, as is the example at the Pushkin Museum. This example features beautiful woodgrain and shading in the water and the upper margin is untrimmed so we see the very end of the tail of the giant carp.