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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
Military Tales of the Han and Chu: Zhuang Shi Xinchi Slaying a Tiger in the Mountains
(Kanso gundan: Soshi Shinki sankan ni tora o utsu)

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.
References:
Sebastian Izzard, Kunisada's World, 1993, pp. 106-107, cat. no. 43/3
James King and Yuriko Iwakiri, Japanese Warrior Prints 1646-1905, 2007, p. 244, cat. no. 131
price: $ 3,200