Description The wicked Princess Takiyasha is shown in this print invoking toad magic in her attempt to overcome her enemy the hero Mitsukuni. According to legend, Princess Takiyasha was the daughter of Taira no Masakado, an evil magician and unsuccessful usurper of the throne, who died in the year 940. After her father's death, Takiyasha encountered Nikushisen, the spirit of a toad, whose witchcraft abetted her in fomenting a rebellion. However, the emperor's defender Mitsukuni courageously withstood the power of Takiyasha's magic, thus quelling her ambitions.
Provenance Justine Lewis Keidel [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1986, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] Toyokuni ga
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1986
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