Yoshitoshi - Warrior and a DemonYoshitoshi - Warrior and a Demon
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

The warrior Omori Hikoshichi carries a beautiful young woman across a river recognising her true demoniac nature through the reflection in the water.

Title: Omori Hikoshichi michi ni kaii ni au zu (Omori Hikoshichi Encountering a Demon)

Series: Shinkei (or Shingata) Sanjûrokkaisen (New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts)

Signature: Yoshitoshi

Seal: Taiso

Woodcutter: Hori Yu

Publisher: Sasaki Toyokichi

Date: Meiji 22 (1889)

Size: Oban, 35,8 x 23,8 cm (paper size)

Very good impression, colours and condition. With relief printing, glossy overprint and partly printed with metal pigments (oxidized). Left margin just a tiny bit trimmed, old backing. At upper margin old handwritten pencil inscription.

„The carefull (!) printing and the use of special effects like gauffrage, dosa and surface polishing makes this a perfect example of Meiji-publishing” Charlotte van Rappard-Boon, in: The Age of Yoshitoshi. catalogue of the Collection of Japanese Prints, Part V, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 1990, p 40.

Van den Ing/Schaap, Beauty & Violence, pp 141. No 65.5.
Fig. in: Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s Thirty-Six Ghosts, Seattle 19922, No IV (pp 26)