Prince Kurokumo and the Earth Spider

There are several Japanese legends surrounding the evil earth spider. Here the earth spider transfers magical powers to Prince Kurokumo to help him plot revenge on his enemy, the tenth-century warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu (also known as Raikō). The earth spider can be seen with Raikō in a triptych by Kuniyoshi on the opposite wall [EA1971.164].


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