New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: The priest Dainin murders Umegae, 1886
Ink on Paper
14 1/16 in. x 18 5/8 in. (357.19 mm x 473.08 mm)
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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