Manjū netsuke depicting Minamoto no Yorimasa and Ii no Hayata slaying the nue, a mythical creature

Emperor Konoe was ailing, troubled by a strange feeling accompanied by a dark cloud. The courtiers Minamoto no Yorimasa and Ii no Hayata were sent to investigate and discovered the nue, a creature combining monkey, badger, tiger and snake with the voice of a bird. Between them they killed it and the emperor recovered. This story is also depicted on the two right-hand sheets of the print EA1983.37.


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Further reading

Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 82 on pp. 202-205, illus. pp. 203 & 204

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