Description Kataoka Gado II as the general Kusunoki Masatsura (center), a 14th-century supporter of the opposition imperial court, here detects the forces of black magic arrayed against him. A familiar-looking woman Nakamura Daikichi III as Ben no Naishi comes to call (right), together with a member of the palace work crew (left) Arashi Rikaku II as the fox-Matagoro. When Kusunoki tosses him a cup, this man moves forward, leaving in the snow the footprints of a fox. Subsequently both visitors revert to foxes and dance around Kusunoki.
Provenance Robert S. Shaull [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1990, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Hirosada
Credit Bequest of Robert S. Shaull, 1990
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