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Yoshitoshi Taiso's Ghosts and Demons


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Tsuchigumo - "The Earth Spider"
The samurai seems to have been awakened by the spider

Warrior draws his sword against an earth-spider

Library of Congress Prints and Photos Collection

This print, which Yoshitoshi Taiso created sometime in the 1880s, shows a man preparing to fend off a hideous earth-spider demon. The man is wearing the two swords of a samurai, even though it looks as if the spider has just awakened him by pulling off his coverlet.

It comes from the artist's series Shinkei sanju rokkasien, or "36 Hair-Raising Transformations."

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