Tawara-no Tota Hidesato, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Tawara-no Tota Hidesato, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

From the series of One Hundred Ghost Tales from China and Japan, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Tawara Tota Hidesato, whose real name was Fujiwara Hidesato, was one of the military commanders who defeated Taira Masakado (903-940), who claimed to be an emperor. 

This painting is based on the theme of the legend of his extermination of the Great Centipede. The woman he is protecting is “Seta-no Tatsujo (The female dragon disguised in the human figure),” with a mysterious smile on her face. The centipede monster is jumping up from the upper left and attacking him. The humorous yokai was shot dead by Hidesato with an arrow.

Title: Tawara-no Tota Hidesato 

Author: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Year: 1865

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