Minamoto no Yorimitsu and the Earth Spider, 1853

by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Minamoto no Yorimitsu and the Earth Spider, 1853 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Minamoto no Yorimitsu and the Earth Spider, 1853

Comments - Incredible Toyokuni III triptych depicting a scene from the story of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (called Raiko) and the earth spider (tsuchigumo). Raiko fell ill with a fever and was having visions of demons. The last one was of an earth spider, preparing to cast a web over him. He lashed out at it with his sword and struck it down and immediately recovered from his fever. Here, the spider is visiting the ailing Raiko in the guise of a seductive courtesan. He eyes her warily while entangled in a long sash held by a wild-haired samurai at left. An enormous web fills the background, trapping two retainers wearing matching dragonfly kimono. Beautifully printed with fantastic detail. A terrific depiction of this legendary event.

Artist - Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. Tears and thinning along vertical folds between panels, small holes, repaired. A few creases.

Minamoto no Yorimitsu and the Earth Spider, 1853 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Minamoto no Yorimitsu and the Earth Spider, 1853 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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