Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Taira no Koremochi (余吾将軍平維茂), aka Taira Koreshige, battles the female demon Kijo from the series A Mirror of Warriors from our Country (Honchō musha kagami - 本朝武者鏡)

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Dates: 1855,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Tsujiokaya Bunsuke
(Marks 548 - seal 21-228)

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Physical description:

"The event depicted in this selection is drawn from the nō play Momijigari (Maple Viewing). Taira Koremochi (here called Taira Koreshige) is dispatched by secret imperial order to Mount Togakuchi to find the female demon, Kijo. On the way he meets a beautiful woman who invites him to join her maple-viewing party. He joins in; before before long and after too much sake he falls into a deep sleep. The mountain god reveals to him in a dream that the woman is in fact Kijo in disguise. He wakes up suddenly as the female demon approaches him in her true form. Springing to his feet, he unsheathes his sword and kills her."

Quoted from: Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 by Robert Schaap, p. 114.

Listed in Robinson as S87.5.