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Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre, 1847 — Utagawa Kuniyoshi,

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1843—1847

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The scene appearing here is from a popular novel called the Story of Utö Yasutaka, written by Santö Kyöden (1761-1816) in 1807. After gaining magical powers from a mountain hermit, Princess Takiyasha, the legendary daughter of Taira Masakado (10th century), tried to form a conspiracy against her father’s killer. The gigantic skeleton portrayed here was a result of her newfound magical abilities.

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