Iwami Jutaro Kanesuke Going to Rescue a Woman from Evil, 1865
Ink on Paper
13 15/16 in. x 28 1/4 in. (354.01 mm x 717.55 mm)
Triptych; 3 panels are not cojoined. Iwami Jutaro to the rescue: Ghost stories were popular in the 19th century with sightings reported in the press and described in novels. They were especially popular in the summer as spine-chilling entertainment. Throughout his career Yoshitoshi would do ghostly depictions, refining their visages and relishing their grotesque acts. Early prints like this are crowded with visual elements, but later images focus on just a few features.
On mat, in pencil: Marer 409. Text box with Japanese text printed in the upper right of the right panel. Signed: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga. Censor's seal: Aratame and date (Ushi-roku) on single seal.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban; triptych.
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a demon with a captured woman, and a samurai preparing to rescue her.
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