Shiragikumaru from the play Tsuruya Namboku riding the back of an enormous prehistoric-looking sea animal.
From the set: Toyokuni kigo kijutsu kurabe, “A Contest of Magic-scenes by Toyokuni” published by Hiranoya Shinzo 12/1864. One of the best designs from the set.
Signed: Shichijuku-sai Toyokuni hitsu, “The seventy-nine year old Toyokuni drew.”
- Utagawa Kunisada I, 歌川国貞
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Tsumagome: Abe no Yasuna and the Fox Kuzunoha
Series;Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road, 1852 - 1853
The nobleman Abe no Yasuna once rescued a fox by battling the hunter who had trapped it. The fox returned to visit him as a beautiful young lady named Kuzunoha in order to tend the wound he sustained in the fight. They married and had a child, but the couple’s son caught a glimpse of her true form so she decided to leave her family. Here, Kuzunoha appears in ghostly form as she changes back into a fox, her young son looking up at her curiously, tugging at the hem of her transparent robe. Her husband watches in surprise from between the sliding shoji screens, where she has written a farewell note on the paper. She smiles at him one last time before returning to her true nature.