Description The notorious bandit Kidomaru, appearing in this print as a giant wild man, springs from his hiding place by the side of the road and makes a mad rush for his enemy Raiko. He is overpowered and soon slain by Raiko's four retainers. Kidomaru was a bandit in the 10th century who terrorized the local people with witchcraft he learned from goblins ("tengu"). The legendary hero Raiko-- in real life Minamoto no Yorimitsu (944-1021)-- was commissioned by the emperor to rid the country of such bandits.
Provenance Robert S. Shaull [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1990, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
Credit Bequest of Robert S. Shaull, 1990
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