LARGE IREZUMI TSUCHIGUMO

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LARGE IREZUMI TSUCHIGUMO

120.00

LARGE IREZUMI TSUCHIGUMO

53CM X 76CM ORIGINAL HAND PAINTED UNFRAMED

Tsuchigumo 土蜘蛛, literally translated "dirt/earth spider", is a historical Japanese derogatory term for renegade local clans, and also the name for a race of spider-like yōkai in Japanese folklore.

Tsuchigumo was used as a derogatory term against aborigines who did not show allegiance to the emperor of Japan.

There is some debate on whether the mythical spider-creature or the historical clans came first. One theory is based on those who waged war against the imperial court were referred to by the imperial court, both in scorn and as a way to demonize enemies of the court by literally referring to them as demons.

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