Torii Kiyomasu I: Kintoki and a Bear - Honolulu Museum of Art

Artist: Torii Kiyomasu I

Title: Kintoki and a Bear

Date: 1700 c.

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Source: Honolulu Museum of Art
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Kintoki, legendary in Japan for his strength, wrestles with a black bear, the animal he is traditionally associated with. He is also identifiable by the character “kin” displayed on his garments. Kiyomasu (I ) was famous for depicting powerful Kabuki scenes in the aragoto (rough) style. ""Gourd legs"" (the exaggeration of the leg muscles) and ""earthworm lines"" (the curvilinear outline of the figure) convey a sense of power and violent action very characteristic of this artist. (from Daring Moves Exhibition, 8/1/06-)

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