Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: From the series Bravery Matched with the Twelve (Zodiac) Signs: (Buyū mitate jūnishi - 武勇見立十二支) Goat (未) and Guan Yu (関羽)

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Dates: circa 2017,created
Dimensions: 4.0 in,11.4 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: The National Museum of Asian Art - an original version; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the original ca. 1840 print; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the original set;

Physical description:

The Chinese hero Guan Yu sits peacefully beside a pine tree, holding a stemmed cup of wine. He is paired with a goat that stands with its back to the viewer, its long fur echoing the elegant form of Guan Yu's luxuriant beard.

This example was carved and printed ca 2017 by master carver, Kitamura Shoichi. The fine printing combines graded color in a dynamic, swirling composition of exceptional artistry.