Takagi Umanosuke with a ghost

The seventeenth-century warrior Takagi Umanosuke was a legendary sword fighter, famous for formulating one of the earliest schools of Japanese martial arts. Here he is shown undergoing a trial of courage in a haunted temple. The subject is related to a triptych by Kuniyoshi published in 1852, in which another warrior tries to frighten Takagi Umanosuke with an inflated ghost-figure in a ruined temple.


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