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#71 Dainagon Tsunenobu and Demon
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • #71 Dainagon Tsunenobu and Demon, circa 1840–1842, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Hyakunin isshu no uchi (The One Hundred Poets)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 374.7 x 247.7 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.060
Label Text

Dainagon Tsunenobu sits in gray robes with blue flowers and brown underlining, in a building in the bottom right quadrant. He holds a brush in his hand. The background is blue behind the man. There is a black lamp in front of him. He looks outside to a large gray demon who rises up from the bottom left, with a red mouth which has a stream of yellow characters floating out of it, a poem written by Kuniyoshi. Outside of the building is yellow. The sky is gray and there are a few pine boughs at left. Print is erroniously numbered 72 on bottom left margin (partially cut off). Cartouche at top right corner cites a poem by Minamoto no Tsunenobu. The text at the upper left describes a separate event where upon completing a poem in September at his Kyoto home, Tsunenobu sees a ghostly spirit.