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Album illustrating the “Tale of Shutendoji”

Album illustrating the “Tale of Shutendoji”

Album illustrating the “Tale of Shutendoji”

Pigment, ink, silver leaf, and gold on paper

H: 29.8; W: 25 cm

The Jacob Pins Collection in the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B01.0384(a-c)

Arts/Asian Art

This popular Japanese folktale tells of the warrior Minamoto no Yorimatso (948-1041): he receives an Imperial order to destroy the ogre Shutendoji, who together with his band of robbers is terrorizing the area near Kyoto, kidnapping beautiful young women and murdering them. Minamoto and his warriors trick Shutendoji, kill him, and free the young women, returning in triumph to Kyoto with the head of the ogre.

From the Israel Museum publications:

The Jacob Pins Collection: Japanese Prints, Paintings, and Sculptures, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1994