this woodblock print it s a part of a trypich which represente Miuranosuke Yoshizumi 三浦介義純 fighting against dame Tamamo-no-Mae 玉藻の前 which he killed with one of his arriows.
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This print (which is only part of a triptych) is the story of Lady Tamamo no mae. She was the most beautiful and the most savant women at the court of the emperor, she was besides his favorite. But one day Emperor Toba (鳥羽 天皇,, February 24, 1103 - July 20, 1156) and his son Konoe (近衛 天皇, June 16, 1139 - August 22, 1155) fell ill and an exorcist Abe no Yasuchika discovered that Lady Tamamo was a nine-tailed fox and therefore was the cause of the emperor's suffering. She fled from the court, he was sent the two best fighters of the time Kazusa-no-Suke (天文 博士安 部 泰 成) and Miura-no-Suke (玉 藻 の 前), and they managed to find the lady . During the fight depicted by this print, Kazusa-no-Suke with the help of a mirror allowed to discover the true form of the lady and Miuranosuke shot one of these maqic arrows at her and killed her. She becomes a stone haunted by her spirit which was given to monks for the exorcised.
Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞, 1786- January 12, 1865) also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (三代歌川豊国) is one of the most popular ukiyoe painters of the 19th century and also one of the most prolific and having most successful financially, ahead of Kuniyoshi 国芳 and Hiroshige 広重. Utagawa Kunisada was born in Edo in 1786. His father, who died the following year, was an amateur poet of little reputation. He was accepted around 1800 as an apprentice by one of the greatest masters of drawing on wooden boards, Toyokuni. He began by making prints of actors, Bijin-ga, sumo-e, landscapes and warriors. He also produces a large number of shunga (erotic engravings). He is said to have produced more than 20,000 prints. In 1844-1845, Kunisada Utagawa changed his artist name, taking the name of his master, Toyokuni, and thus became Toyokuni III. He died in Edo after having trained several students such as Toyohara Kunichika 豊原国周 and Utagawa Kunisada II 歌川国定.
|era||edo period 1603-1867|
|signature||Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga 香蝶楼豊国画|