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Furuteya Hachirobei about to Murder His Wife

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Yamaguchi Shigeharu, Japanese, (1803–1853)
Furuteya Hachirobei about to Murder His Wife, c. 1820
Ink on Paper
14 15/16 in. x 20 7/8 in. (379.41 mm x 530.23 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.2

Full Title: Arashi Rikan as Furuteya Hachirobei about to Murder Sawamura Kumiaro as His Wife Otsuma

Diptych - 2 panels are attached together.

Two seals in color blocks in the upper right and in the upper left. Kanji signature on the center of the left edge of the left panel. Kanji signature on the lower edge, centered, of the right panel.

Oban diptych, colored ink on paper. Woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print. An enraged husband is about to kill his helpless wife. The woman's pulled hair adds to the tension of the scene, while an enclosing darkness forecasts her demise. Oddly, her facial expression seems erotic, almost bemused, as she awaits the impact of her husband’s knife.

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