Daisō (大僧) means “big monk.” In most other scrolls and books, this image is labeled Mikoshi-nyūdō (見越し入道), and may or may not be the same yōkai. However, there is one other scroll, Murata Ryūtei’s 村田龍亭 “Picture Scroll of One Hundred Demons” 百鬼絵巻 (1764), owned by Ohya Shobō, in which it is labeled daisō. –Tom Petersen

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