Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi),
New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: The priest Dainin murders Umegae,
Ink on Paper
14 1/16 in. x 18 5/8 in. (357.19 mm x 473.08 mm)
Gift of Mr. Fred Marer
Signed: Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso. Carver: Hori Yata.
Colored ink woodblock on paper.
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 Mi23.
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