Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Two book covers, ebyōshi (絵表紙) forming a diptych of The Heroic Tales of Jiraiya (Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari - 児雷也豪傑物語), Chapter 36

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Dates: circa 1845,created
Dimensions: 9.25 in,6.875 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed on the left cover: (something) Toyokuni ga (??豊国画)

Related links: Waseda University - full volume illustrations; Waseda University - right-hand cover; Waseda University - left-hand cover;

Physical description:

Jiraiya is killing huge snake. Behind him is a sorcerer atop a giant origami toad.

This diptych is from a 43 volume set of illustrated books (kusazōshi). It bears the signatures of both Kuniyoshi and Toyokuni III (Kunisada). The characters within circles, 下 and 上 are the characters for “the second volume” and “the first volume”, respectively.