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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Zennojo, A Filial Child from Shinano Province, Dreams of his Father's Crimes..., 1887
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 8 7/8 in. (330.2 mm x 225.43 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.112

Alternate Title: Kokoku nijushiko:
Full Title: Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan: Zennojo, A Filial Child from Shinano Province, Dreams of his Father's Crimes in a Former Life and Successfully Prays for his Recovery from Illness

Back to back print with 93.6.111. No. 24.

Japanese text printed in the upper area of the image. Title on mat, in pencil. Text: Ryutei Tanehiko. Seal: Go Kaisai. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi ga.

Colored ink woodblock on paper.

Object Description
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a child watching a scene in a mirror, held by a demon. Back to back print. As Michizane was about to die, he ascended Mt. Tempai in Kyushu to declare his innocence of political corruption charges and to beseech the gods to clear his name. According to legend and the play written in 1713 by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1724), Michizane was transformed into the deity Tenjin, after standing there for seven days. In this dramatic composition, lightning embraces the figure as his sword cuts into the text that describes his final moments. The artist Yoshitoshi has created a detailed mountain setting to suggest the truth of this apotheosis.

Tsuda Genshichi.

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