Raiko and the Earth Spider
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Raiko and the Earth Spider, 1886
Ink on Paper
13 15/16 in. x 18 1/2 in. (354.01 mm x 469.9 mm)
Kintoki and the spider woman, from "Yoshitoshi's sketches": The 10th century warrior Sakata Kintoki was tomented by demons of a woman who spun webs to ensnare him. The story later became the basis of the Noh play "Tsuchigumo", the "Monter Spider."
On mat, in pencil: Marer 456. Signed: Yoshitoshi ga. Artist's seal: Yoshitoshi no in. Carver: Enkatsu to.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; diptych (two panels are taped together on verso).
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with a sketch of two actors, Sakata Kintoki and Tsuchigumo.
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