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The priest Ikkyu meets the courtesan Jigoku dayu and her attendants

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
The priest Ikkyu meets the courtesan Jigoku dayu and her attendants, 1886
Ink on paper
14 1/8 x 18 5/8 in. (35.88 x 47.31 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Jean Marshall Cates '37
Accession Number: 2013.20.1


Commentary
A Zen priest meets his courtesan, nicknamed "hell maiden," and her attendants. The priest carries a skull, suggesting "momenti mori," the fleetingness of beauty and life. He taught her poetry and meditation. Together they reached enlightenment.

Jan van Reek: http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/rekius/dip.htm

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Medium
ink on paper

Object Description
Diptych

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