Album with twelve paintings, ink, color and gold on paper, with brocade fabric borders and end boards; unsigned and without seals 9 x 11in (22.6 x 28.2cm) [paintings] 12 5/8 x 13 3/4in (32.4 x 35cm) [overall]
The popular tale, also known as Oeyama onitaigi (Subjugation of the Demon of Mount Oe), relates how a famous warrior Minamoto no Raiko (Minamoto no Yorimitsu, 948-1012) kills the giant ogre Shuten doji and subdues his cannibalistic band of demons dwelling on Mount Oe. The album illustrates the initial audience scene, passage through the mountains of Wakayama, encounter with a maiden, greetings at the gate, meeting with Shuten doji, the feast of human blood and flesh, drinking party with the magical wine, secret attack on the demon, the flying demon's head rebuffed by the magical golden helmet, the battle with demon attendants, procession with Shutendoji's head secured by the magical robe, and final audience scene.
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