Oniwakamaru Subduing the Giant Carp Japanese Koi Folklore Totoya Hokkei Warrior Samurai Ronin Legend Marine Life Antique Fine Art Print

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  • Oniwakamaru is a popular figure in Japanese folklore, known as a warrior-monk who lived during the 12th century. He is often depicted as a young boy, and in many stories, he is on a quest for revenge for the death of his mother. According to the legend, his mother was killed by a giant carp, and Oniwakamaru sets out to avenge her death.

    In the print created by the artist Hokkei, Oniwakamaru is shown in the midst of his journey, with a determined expression and a weapon in hand, ready to take on the giant carp. The print is an example of the ukiyo-e style of art, which was popular in Japan during the Edo period. Hokkei is known for his skill in using gold and silver gilding to create a lavish effect on his prints. On the original print, Hokkei used this technique to create a sense of drama and movement, making the image stand out and bringing the story to life.

    You'll receive a heavyweight, giclée, acid-free print that's created to last for generations. The museum-quality paper works perfectly with large, full-color images. The lightly-textured, matte finish captures fine lines and subtle colors, resulting in stunning works of art (without unwanted reflections). We've preserved elements of this art's ancient qualities in order to retain its richness and uniqueness. 

    • Printed using eco-friendly, water-based inks
    • FSC approved or sustainably-sourced paper
    • Frame and matting isn't included. Print only.
    • Shipped in a damage-proof artwork tube. 
    • Premium-quality (200gsm) giclée, acid-free paper


    We specialize in digital recreations of vintage sacred and surreal art. Each work is a handmade digital restoration of the original image, not a pixellated copy of an Internet image that some other vendors may sell. We provide high-quality, clean digital restorations — true to the original — with great attention to detail.


    Museum-Quality Paper

    Museum grade, archival paper is created to last for generations without discoloring.


    Eco-Friendly, Water-Based Inks

    Epson, eco-friendly inks won't fade, even when exposed to regular sunlight.

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