Medium and Support:
Gift of Loch and Clare Crane
14 3/16 in. x 9 15/16 in. (36.04 cm x 25.24 cm)
This image is associated with the station of Tsuchiyama in a very oblique and sophisticated way. The figure depicted is Akogi no Heiji, a character in the play Akogi Bay in Seishu. Akogi no Heiji was the follower of Sakanoue, whose name means “Above the Slope.” His image refers to the station of Tsuchiyama, because it is the next one after Sakanoshita, which means “Below the Slope.”
In this print Akogi no Heiji looks around surreptitiously as he clutches the sword, wrapped in a bright red cloth, that he has just fished out of a bay where fishing was prohibited. Under his right arm is a traditional Japanese raincoat made from woven straw.
Last Updated: 2/17/2011