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Artist: Utagawa Kuniteru II (二代目歌川国輝)

Print: Wada Heita Tanenaga impaling a giant python with a polearm - from the series Lives of Heroes of China and Japan (Wakan eiyū den - 和漢英雄伝)

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Dates: 1847 - 1848,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
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Signed: Kuniteru ga (国輝画)
Publisher: Shimizuya Tsunejirō
(Marks 469 - seal 23-043)
Censor's seals: Muramatsu and Yoshimura

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - a remarkably similar print from this same series;

Physical description:

"The "uwabami", Python, the name of fabulously large snakes that people the wilderness of the countryside, has given birth to many stories. Once there was an uwabami, so big that it was capable of devouring rider and horse in one swallow. After it had done so for a long time, the hero Egara Heida... killed it."

The Animal in Far Eastern Art: And Especially in the Art of the Japanese Netzsuke, with References to Chinese Origins, Traditions, Legends, and Art by T. Volker, p. 146.