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The witch of Adachigahara is shown at night, wielding a large knife over a young girl. The witch sought the blood of girls which was used to cure her lord of sickness. She. In the background a shadowy figure of the thousand-armed Kannon appears to protect the maiden. Despite her dreadful deeds, the witch was eventually pardoned for showing such loyalty. The witch of Adachigahara is also depicted on the netsuke EA2001.111 and EA2001.60.

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netsuke

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Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), illus. p. 174 fig. 53

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