The Warrior Slaying the Giant White Hihi

Utagawa Yoshitora Japanese

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This print illustrates a warrior of legendary bravery, Iwami Jūtarō, slaying a monstrous ape (hihi). The huge ape is carefully embossed on uncolored paper to reveal the texture of the animal's hair. In contrast to the white hair, the warrior in dark kimono, the black background, and the ape's red face and ear emphasize the creature's size and ferocity. Yoshitora, a pupil of Kuniyoshi, concentrated on his teacher's favorite subject matter in the early part of his career and focused on prints of foreigners in Yokohama and of foreign scenes (Yokohama-e) during the Meiji period.

The Warrior Slaying the Giant White Hihi, Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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