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Nikushi the Frog Spirit Conjures up a Magical Battle of Frogs at Tateyama in Etchū Province

  • Description

    Both triptychs in this case show scenes from a tenth-century legend about a frog spirit who becomes involved in a warrior feud [see also EA1971.137]. Here Nikushi the frog immortal transfers supernatural powers to the warriors Taira no Yoshikado and Iga no Jūtarō so that they can avenge the murder of Yoshikado’s father. Stones are transformed into battling frogs while night demons and the earth spider look on.

  • Details

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    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Asia Japan (Toyama Prefecture) (subject)
    Edo Period (1600 - 1868)
    Utagawa Yoshitora (active c. 1850 - c. 1880) (designer)
    Material and technique
    woodblock print, with bokashi (tonal gradation) on the central panel
    mount 55.8 x 94 cm (height x width)
    prints 35.7 x 72 cm estimated (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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