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Takagi Umanosuke with a ghost

  • Description

    The seventeenth-century warrior Takagi Umanosuke was a legendary sword fighter, famous for formulating one of the earliest schools of Japanese martial arts. Here he is shown undergoing a trial of courage in a haunted temple. The subject is related to a triptych by Kuniyoshi published in 1852, in which another warrior tries to frighten Takagi Umanosuke with an inflated ghost-figure in a ruined temple.

  • Details

    Beauty and Valour in the Novel Suikoden
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Edo Period (1600 - 1868)
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) (designer)
    Associated people
    Takagi Umanosuke (1655 or 1656 - 1746) (subject)
    Ômiya Kyûsuke (active 1860 - 1890) (publisher)
    Material and technique
    mount 40.4 x 27.8 cm (height x width)
    print 25.5 x 18.5 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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