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Kintarō was brought up by a mountain hermit called Yamauba. His childhood was spent amongst forest animals. One day, his extraordinary strength was noticed by the warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu, who was so impressed that he invited Kintarō to become one of his four trusted guardians, known as the Shitennō. This scene is also depicted on the netsuke EA2001.83.

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netsuke

Further reading

Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), illus. p. 194 fig. 55

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