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Woodblock print - The Spider Monster Creating Monsters in the Mansion of Minamoto no Yorimitsu
  • The Spider Monster Creating Monsters in the Mansion of Minamoto no Yorimitsu
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861
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The Spider Monster Creating Monsters in the Mansion of Minamoto no Yorimitsu

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1843 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (artist)
    Ibaya Senzaburo (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print

  • Museum number:

    E.10535-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) was a master of the triptych format and a highly accomplished exponent of the musha-e or 'warrior print' genre. In this triptych he deals with a legend about Minamoto no Yorimitsu that was adopted by the Noh theatre. Yorimitsu is attacked by a spider monster when he is ill in bed, but slays it with the help of his four senior retainers. When the print was published, a rumour circulated that it was meant to satirize the backward-looking Tempo Reforms promoted by the government at the time. Neither the artist nor the publisher were punished, however.

Physical description

This work deals with a legend about Minamoto no Yorimitsu that was adopted by the Noh theatre. Yorimitsu is attacked by a spider monster when he is ill in bed, but slays it with the help of his four senior samurai.
Triptych: three oban-size sheets. Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga. Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburo

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1843 (made)

Artist/maker

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (artist)
Ibaya Senzaburo (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Dimensions

Height: 34.6 cm, Width: 72.7 cm

Descriptive line

Japanese print: Utagawa Kuniyoshi: 'The Spider Monster Creating Monsters in the Mansion of Minamoto no Yorimitsu'; triptych; 1843

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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