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The witch of Adachigahara at Ōkute Station

  • Description

    The witch of Adachigahara is shown at night, wielding a large knife over a young girl. The witch sought the blood of girls which was used to cure her lord of sickness. She. In the background a shadowy figure of the thousand-armed Kannon appears to protect the maiden. Despite her dreadful deeds, the witch was eventually pardoned for showing such loyalty. The witch of Adachigahara is also depitced on the netsuke EA2001.111 and EA2001.60.

  • Details

    Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidō Road
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Asia Japan (Okute) (subject)
    published July 1852
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) (designer)
    Ōtaya Takichi (active c. 1848 - 1867) (block cutter)
    Associated people
    Yahata Sakujirō (active c. 1852) (publisher)
    Mera Ta’ichirō (active c. 1848 - 1853) (censor)
    Watanabe Shoemon (active c. 1849 - 1853) (censor)
    Material and technique
    nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print, with bokashi (tonal gradation)
    mount 55.5 x 40.3 cm (height x width)
    sheet 36 x 24.5 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 23 April-22 September 2013, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Joyce Seaman, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), illus. p. 174 fig. 53

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netsuke, nishiki-e

  • netsuke

    The netsuke is a form of toggle that was used to secure personal items suspended on cords from the kimono sash. These items included purses, medicine cases or tobacco paraphernalia.

  • nishiki-e

    Nishiki-e literally means 'brocade pictures' and refers to multi-coloured woodblock prints.


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