|58. Takeuchi Ryûkei (Utagawa Kunimasa V) (1874-1944)|
Shôki nozoku jaki - Shôki the demon queller chasing an oni, hiding in a koi nobori, carp streamer (after Kyôsai?)Signed: Ryukei
Seals: Kô.. shi
Technique: sumi and some colours on orange toned silk, 110.8 x 40.5
Mounting: green damask and cream silk
200 x 54
Condition: newly mounted, very good
The painting has a Kyōsai (1831-1889) feeling, but I have not been able to track it as being after Kyōsai.
Shôki, the demon queller, as well as the carp streamer are both symbols used for boys day, tango no sekku, the 5th day of the 5th month.
Not quite an aka-e, or red picture, just the back ground is reddish and together with the Shôki it is an amulet against contaminating diseases with red rashes.
Takeuchi Ryûkei was also known as Utagawa Kunimasa V, Baido Kokunimasa was the son of Baidô Hôsai (Kunimasa IV) (1848-1920)
Merritt & Yamada ‘92