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Kintarō grappling with a snake

  • Description

    Kintarō was brought up by a mountain hermit called Yamauba. His childhood was spent amongst forest animals. One day, his extraordinary strength was noticed by the warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu, who was so impressed that he invited Kintarō to become one of his four trusted guardians, known as the Shitennō. This scene is also depicted on the netsuke EA2001.83.

  • Details

    Mirror of Warriors of Our Country
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    published 1855
    Utagawa Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866) (designer)
    Associated people
    Tsujioka Bunsuke (active c. 1814 - 1896) (publisher)
    Sakata no Kintoki (died 1021) (subject)
    Material and technique
    nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print
    mount 55.4 x 40.4 cm (height x width)
    print 36 x 24 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
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  • 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. 194 fig. 55

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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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