Yoshitoshi: Haunted Sakurahime
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Sakurahime is haunted by the apparition of her dead lover Seigen, the runaway abbot of Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto. The ghost is rising from the smoke of the hearth, while behind the window lattice snow is falling.
Title: Seigen no rei Sakurahime o shitau no zu (Seigen’s Ghost haunts Sakurahime)
Series: Shinkei sanjûrokkaisen (New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts)
Block cutter: Enkatsu
Publisher: Sasaki Toyokichi, Tokyo
Date: Meiji 22 (1889)
Size: Vertical Oban, 36,7 x 25 cm (overall)
Excellent impression and colours, with gauffrage and metal pigment (oxidized). Unbacked. Paper at the woman's headdress somewhat brittle due to the richly applied metal pigment, and reinforced from verso; one tiny hole. Overall very nice condition.
Cf. Van den Ing/Schaap, Beauty & Violence, p. 141 ff. No. 65.6; John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi‘s Strange Tales, Amsterdam 2005, p. 92 f, No. 5