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Woman with a Kitsune

Woman with a Kitsune by Kitagawa Utamaro

Japan: Late 18th century, Woodblock print

This print depicts a woman with a fox, or kitsune.  The kitsune is attempting to trick the woman to capture her. “Kitsune” quite literally means “fox” but in the West, it has come to represent those stories or prints in which kitsune is the main character. According to various myths and legends, foxes were cunning yet faithful shapeshifters that were capable of extreme magic. Today, they are associated with Inari, a Shinto spirit god in Japan, to whom many offerings are made.

Q: See another image of a kitsune.

A: http://newangles.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/144r1f1.jpg