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Title

Minamoto no Raikō (Yorimitsu) preparing to kill the earth spider (Minamoto no Raikō tsuchigumo o kiru zu), from the series New forms of thirty-six ghosts

1892

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1892
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    36.5 x 24.5 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    5.2019.1
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    Known as Raikō, Minamoto no Yorimitsu (948–1021) was a nobleman who worked with his associate Watanabe no Tsuna to rid Kyoto of its many demons. One night, a feverish Raikō believed he was being attacked by monsters and called for protection, but his attendants fell asleep and Raikō was attacked by a giant earth spider. His weak cries and a trail of blood attracted Watanabe who used an uprooted tree trunk to kill the enormous spider. Once the spider was vanquished, Raikō made a full recovery. Yoshitoshi’s image shows the delirious Raikō fumbling for his sword while the spider lures him into its web.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020

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