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Night Parade of One Hundred Demons at the Sōma Palace

  • Description

    One of the oldest and most popular Japanese tales of the supernatural is the legend of the Hundred Night Demons, who appear between nightfall and sunrise. In this print the tale is combined with the story of the tenth-century Princess Takiyasha, who is helped by the frog immortal Nikushi to avenge the death of her father, the warrior, Taira no Masakado. She and her brother, Taira no Yoshikado, shut themselves up in her father’s Sōma Palace to plot a rebellion, but a warrior from a rival clan discovers their plans. Here the warrior challenges the Princess, surrounded by night demons and multiple ghosts of her father.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Meiji Period (1868 - 1912)
    Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) (designer)
    Associated people
    Fumada Kumajiro (active 1874 - 1898) (publisher)
    Taira no Masakado (active AD 935 - died 940) (subject)
    Princess Takiyasha (active 10th century AD) (subject)
    Ōya Tarō Mitsukuni (active 10th century AD) (subject)
    Material and technique
    mount 55.7 x 96.4 cm max. (height x width)
    prints 37.6 x 75.3 cm estimated (height x width)
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    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
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