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Triptych - Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre
  • Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861
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Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre

  • Object:

    Triptych

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodblock print

  • Museum number:

    E.1333:1 to 3-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This striking image illustrates the story of princess Takiyasha, daughter of warload Taira Masakado who started a rebellion against the court in Kyoto. As the rebellion failed and Masakado subsequently killed, the ghosts of soldiers who had fallen during the rebellion haunted Masakado’s palace at Soma. This print captures the moment when Princess Takiyasha summons these ghosts and turns them into an enormous skeleton whilst Oya Taro Mitsukuni, who is sent by the emperor to hunt down the remaining allies of Masakado, faces fearless with the skeleton and eventually defeats the plotters.

Physical description

Woodblock print on paper

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Woodblock print

Descriptive line

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga; woodblock print; Japan; 19th century.

Labels and date

Toshiba Gallery:
This striking image illustrates the story of Princess Takiyasha, daughter of the warlord Taira Masakado. Following his failed rebellion against the court in Kyoto, the ghosts of his soldiers haunted his palace. This print captures the moment when Takiyasha summons the ghosts and turns them into a giant skeleton. [21/08/2013]

Subjects depicted

Takiyasha; Skeleton

Categories

Images Online; Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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