And while contemporary eyes might understandably side with the vengeful princess and her magic monster (I'm looking at you Pixar), the hero of this image is supposed to be Mitsukuni, who would valiantly defeat the witch and her beast in service of the Emperor. Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre or Mitsukuni Defying the Skeleton Spectre Invoked by Princess Takiyasha (Japanese: 相馬の古内裏 妖怪がしゃどくろと戦う大宅太郎光圀) is a ukiyo-e woodblock triptych by Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798–1861).

Kuniyoshi illustrated many tales from Japanese folklore, history and myth, and Princess Takiyasha would've been well-known to him and his audience. These towering spirits were thought to haunt isolated country roads, snatching up solitary travelers to bite off their heads and drink their gouting blood. ( Log Out /  The historical Princess Takiyasha was the daughter of the provincial warlord Taira no Masakado of Sōma, who tried to set up an "Eastern Court" in Shimōsa Province in competition with the emperor in Heian-kyō (modern Kyoto).

Toshiba Gallery: This striking image illustrates the story of Princess Takiyasha, daughter of the warlord Taira Masakado. The ghosts of soldiers fallen in the revolution haunt the moldering ruins, and Princess Takiyasha has turned to witchcraft. This image tells the strange story of what came after the revolt. This print shows a mythical episode in which the emperor's official, Mitsukuni, comes to search for surviving insurrectionary conspirators. Although, in the original legend, the skeleton is not explicitly called a Gashadokuro, the original legends of the event also describe Takiyasha-hime summoning, not a single skeleton, but rather an army of skeletons.

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( Log Out /  Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre or Mitsukuni Defying the Skeleton Spectre Invoked by Princess Takiyasha (Japanese: 相馬の古内裏 妖怪がしゃどくろと戦う大宅太郎光圀) is a ukiyo-e woodblock triptych by Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798–1861). Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre, Woodblock Print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi The ukiyo-e movement, which bloomed in Japan between the 17th and 19th century, was one of the first times in Japanese history when art broke the bonds of social class and became something that appealed to the lowborn rather than just the aristocracy.

She grips a magic scroll, reading the spell to summon a Gashadokuro. Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Specter is an Edo Period Wood Block Print Print created by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from c.1843 to 1847. After his death, Princess Takiyasha continued living in the ruined shōen, or rural manor-house, of the Sōma clan, Masakado's former residence. It lives at the Honolulu Museum of Art in the United States . A Mix-Up of Mysteries, Conspiracie and All Things Spooky! Reifying philosophical principles through artistic creativity. Below the monster, cower Ōya Taro Mitsukuni and another samurai, agents of the emperor sent to hunt down the princess. Learn more, Honolulumuseum.org: Artwork Location and Source, Christies.com: Kaitai shinsho [Anatomical Tables]. Obviously, if it was a huge skeleton, I might feel a little differently about it, but as there is no resident witch around I don’t think that this situation is going to be around the corner for me. There are a few versions of how this story pans out, so I am going to take the track that a great warrior Ōya no Tarō Mitsukuni, heard tale of the defeat and that Takiyesha had raised an army of her fathers remaining loyal soldiers and the dead to continue her fathers rebellion, and he decided to travel to the palace to see if the rumours were true. Things that happened on this date in history. The journey through mental health by a sardonic soul, Design and Writing Portfolio by Ben Leander, a place where art meets literature in a way unseen before, Chinese Tales of the Strange and Anomalous, translated (roughly) by Geoff Humble, Mental meanderings of philosophical provocateurs.
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Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Specter is an Edo Period Wood Block Print Print created by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from c.1843 to 1847. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It lives at the Honolulu Museum of Art in the United States. Create a website or blog at WordPress.com. The print features an enormous skeleton, summoned by Takiyasha-hime during her battle agains the samurai Ooya Tarou Mitsukuni.

"Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre" (Utagawa Kuniyoshi, c. 1844) Have you ever been walking along and felt the creepy, unsettling … Riding in to battle on the back of a toad, Takiyasha was ultimately defeated in this attack and her plans to continue her fathers rebellion ceased. Takiyasha disguised herself as a prostitute on Ōya no Tarō Mitsukuni’s arrival, and tried to seduce him, but suspecting a trap he gave great details of her fathers murder.

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre – Utagawa Kuniyoshi.