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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Yogo shōgun Taira no Koremochi (余吾将軍平維茂) killing Kijo
the demon-woman at Togakushi-yama

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Dates: circa 1827,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Kawaguchiya Uhei
(Marks 232 - seal 21-142)
Censor's seal: kiwame

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Physical description:

While hunting Taira no Koremochi came upon a princess and her attendants in the woods at Togakushi Mountain. At their invitation he joined them, and after feasting and drinking fell asleep. In a dream he was warned that the princess was in fact Kijo, a demon, who intended to kill him. Waking, he saw the demon and, drawing his sword, killed it.

ex B. W. Robinson collection (see Robinson Kuniyoshi; The Warrior Prints S1a.18)

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If you look closely at the center of the print at the sleeve of Taira no Koremochi's robe you will notice a butterfly motif. The butterfly was one of the family crests or mons of the Taira clan. This is not just a decoration, but an identifying motif.

Note that the butterfly crest does not appear in all images of Koremochi and the demon woman. Not even all of those composed by Kuniyoshi.

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The text in the cartouche in the upper left reads: 信州戸隠山の紅葉遊覧し妖鬼に會て是を斬る.