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New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: The priest Dainin murders Umegae

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: The priest Dainin murders Umegae, 1886
Ink on Paper
13 3/16 in. x 18 in. (334.96 mm x 457.2 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Lilian Miller
Accession Number: Mi23


Alternate Title: Shinsen azuma nishiki-e: Daininbo Umegae o satsugai no zu

Commentary
See 93.3.79.

Marks
Signed: Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso. Carver: Hori Yata.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper, diptych.

Object Description
In the moment before Umegae's death, a cuckoo catches Dainin's attention and perhaps causes him to reflect upon the transience of life.  The budding plum tree and the plum flower pattern in Umegae's kimino refer to her name and possible rebirth after leaving this life.
Diptych. See 93.3.79.

Publisher
Tsunashima Kamekichi.

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