Takiyasha_the_Witch_and_the_Skeleton_Spectre_1.jpg: Utagawa KuniyoshiTakiyasha_the_Witch_and_the_Skeleton_Spectre_2.jpg: Utagawa KuniyoshiTakiyasha_the_Witch_and_the_Skeleton_Spectre_3.jpg: Utagawa Kuniyoshiderivative work: Crisco 1492, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Artwork Overview

  • Author: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (1797 – 1861)
  • Publication Period: ca. 1845
  • Artwork Information: A color woodblock print from the ukiyo-e genre, part of the series “One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden” (“Tsūzoku Suikoden Gōketsu Hyakuhachinin no Hitori”)
  • Historical Context: Created during the late Edo period, a time when Japanese printmaking was reaching new heights of technical and artistic sophistication

Artwork Appeal

  • Global Recognition: Utagawa Kuniyoshi is one of the most celebrated ukiyo-e artists, known for his depictions of legendary heroes, animals, and landscapes
  • Theme: “Sōma no Furudairi” portrays the hero Sōma Shirō Tametomo amid a dramatic scene, illustrating Kuniyoshi’s skill in capturing the essence of popular tales and legends
  • Features: The piece is noted for its dynamic composition, vivid colors, and intricate details, including the iconic tattoos on the hero’s body, which exemplify Kuniyoshi’s unique style and mastery of the ukiyo-e art form