The Earth Spider Slain by Raiko's Retainers, 1838

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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The Earth Spider Slain by Raiko's Retainers, 1838 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Earth Spider Slain by Raiko's Retainers, 1838

A Fuji Arts Early Spring Exhibition Item - We are excited to have purchased a couple Japanese collections with a range of rare and sought after designs. We’ve put them together in an early spring exhibition and will post them over one week. The items range from Edo through Meiji and up to contemporary. So, there’s something for everyone. The unifying theme is that each print is a great example or very rare item to find in the market. Enjoy shopping the Early Spring Exhibition.

Comments - An incredible Kuniyoshi triptych depicting a scene from the story of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (called Raiko) and the earth spider. Raiko fell ill with a fever and dreamed of an earth spider preparing to cast a web over him. He struck at it with his sword and immediately recovered from his fever. Here, Raiko's loyal retainers have cornered the earth spider it its lair amidst an enormous web, covered with glowing yellow eyes. One warrior in the center prepares to strike it with a giant tree trunk, while another stands at upper right, ready to hurl a boulder down onto the creature. At lower right, a samurai wearing a kimono patterned with Buddhist prayer wheels holds a flaming torch close to the spider, one foot resting on the sticky web. A fantastic natural setting in an eerie dark forest with waterfalls rushing down either side of the demon's cave. A terrific subject.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 5/8" x 29 3/4" margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Wormholes, slight separation along vertical fold in center panel, repaired. Slight toning and creasing. Please see photos for details.

The Earth Spider Slain by Raiko's Retainers, 1838 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
The Earth Spider Slain by Raiko's Retainers, 1838 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)