Itahana: The Young Nobleman Ushiwakamaru

The young warrior Ushiwakamaru, later known as Minamoto no Yoshitsune, was sent to Mount Kurama as a boy by his mother’s cruel lover, Taira no Kiyomori. There he learned the secrets of martial arts from the tengu, strange creatures who lived there under the sway of their king, Sōjōbō. Ushiwakamaru became skilled at fighting. Here he is terrifying one long-nosed tengu, who covers his face, and another winged tengu who desperately tries to protect his beak from the blows of the young hero. Minamoto no Yoshitsune is also depicted on the netsuke EA2001.108.


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Further reading

Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), illus. p. 226 fig. 61

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