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Tametomo’s Military Might Drives Away the Smallpox Demons

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    This print depicts the fearsome and trouble-seeking twelfth-century warrior Minamoto no Tametomo. Tametomo became the subject of a best-selling serial novel called Chinsetsu yumihari-zuki (Strange Tales of the Bow Moon), by Takizawa Bakin, which was published in twenty-nine volumes between 1807 and 1811. In this novel Tametomo becomes the ruler of Okinawa, and when smallpox demons threaten he persuades them through sheer force of character to leave.

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    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Meiji Period (1868 - 1912)
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) (designer)
    Associated people
    Minamoto no Tametomo (1139 - 1170) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock print, with bokashi (tonal gradation)
    mount 55.5 x 40.3 cm (height x width)
    print 35.5 x 23.7 cm (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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