"Mitsukuni Defying the Skeleton Spectre Invoked by Princess Takiyasha", by Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) made this work based on the book written by Santo Kyoden (1761-1816). The stage is Soma, the royal castle built by Taira no Masakado (903-940), who declared the new Emperor in Heian Period. After his death, the brave man Ohya Taro Mitsukuni and Masakad’s daughter Princess Takiyasha are confronted in the castle that became the ruins. The big skeleton is one of the monsters that Takiyasha summoned Kuniyoshi drew it much more realistic than the ones in the previous illustrations of Japan.
Title: “Mitsukuni Defying the Skeleton Spectre Invoked by Princess Takiyasha”