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The priest Ikkyu (1394-1481) meets the courtesan Jigoku dayu

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
The priest Ikkyu (1394-1481) meets the courtesan Jigoku dayu, 1886
Ink on Paper
13 3/16 in. x 18 5/16 in. (334.96 mm x 465.14 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 97.1.22


Alternate Title: Shinsen azuma nishiki-e: Ikkyu Jigoku dayu no hanashi
Full Title: New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: The priest Ikkyu (1394-1481) meets the courtesan Jigoku dayu

Commentary
Ikkyu confronts the courtesan Jigoku, from "A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Prints":  The Zen master Ikkyu (1394-1418) was known for his eccentric behavior -- he rejected the austere life of the monestary to live in brothels, brink wine, eat meat, and be free of social constraints.  Yet he was always challenging others to seek spiritual enlightenment and recognize the oneness of all things.  Here he confronts a high-ranking courtesan with a skull, demonstrating that all people are skeletons ultimately.

Marks
On mat, in pencil: Marer 35. Description on verso of mat. Signed: Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Yoshitoshi no in. Carver: Enkatsu to.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; diptych (2 panels are not attached).

Object Description
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a group, including a priest and courtesans; diptych.

Publisher
Tsunashima Kamekichi.

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