Description Beak-nosed winged goblins ("tengu") swarm about Takatoki, making him dance until he nearly faints. Hojo Takatoki (1303-33), a feeble-minded, vicious, and debauched military ruler, believed his palace was infested with goblins who mocked and attacked him. This print illustrates the climactic dance scene from a Kabuki play based on the last days of his rule. The famous actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX portrays Takatoki.
Provenance C. Robert Snell, Oriental Arts & Antiques, Timonium, Maryland; purchased by Justine Lewis Keidel, Owings Mills, Maryland, after 1971; given to Walters Art Museum, 1991.
Inscriptions [Signature] Utagawa Toyosai hitsu
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1991
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