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The Emperor Konoe (1139-1155) had become ill due to a strange presence heralded by a black cloud over the palace. The warrior Minamoto no Yorimasa was sent to investigate it and discovered a peculiar creature, called a nue. Here he stands on the right dressed in court robes having wounded the nue with an arrow. He holds a torch so that Ii no Hayata, in armour, can dispatch it. On a veranda is the court lady Ayame no Mae, whose hand in marriage Minamoto no Yorimasa will earn from the Emperor for ridding the capital of this mysterious menace.
Artist/makerUtagawa Kunisada (1823 - 1880) (designer)
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An imaginary creature with a monkey’s head, badger’s body, paws of a tiger, a snake for a tail and with the voice of a golden mountain thrush (toratsugumi).