Raiko breaks Hakamadare's magical spell and captures him

Minamoto no Yorimitsu (944-1021), more familiarly known as Raiko, was commissioned to rid the country of bandits.

In a dark forest Raiko and his retainers are alarmed at the sight of a gigantic snake, created by the supernatural power of the outlaw Hakamadare Yasuke. Raiko's black dog attacked the snake, thus showing the others that the monster was a phantom.

The triptych is dominated by the writhing movement of the giant snake culminating in the gaping jaws confronting the attacking dog, forming the focal point of the drama.

In the right panel, the outlaw Hakamadare is making a magical gesture, while in the left panel, Raiko and his retainers gesture in amazement at the scene before them.

Raiko breaks Hakamadare's magical spell and captures him Utagawa YOSHITSUYA
Japanese 1822-1866
Raiko breaks Hakamadare's magical spell and captures him
1858 Edo, Japan

colour woodblock (triptych)
36.7 x 74.3 cm (image) (overall)
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the
assistance of the Sidney Myer Fund, Governor, 1994 (AS16.a-c-1994)

Raiko breaks Hakamadare's magical spell and captures him

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