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Boy From Mount Ibuki Scroll

This picture scroll of an otogizōshi (Japanese fairy tales of the Muromachi era, 1392−1573). It recounts the childhood of Shuten Dōji, the oni (demon) who would one day be subdued by the real-life warrior, Minamoto no Yorimitsu. It tells the story of Shuten Dōji’s birth and his childhood on Mount Ibuki in the old province of Ōmi, protected by wild animals and feeding on magical herbs that prevented old age and death.

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Type: illustration
Date: 1600s
Location: Japan
Continent: Asia
Keywords: story, fairy tale, children