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Utagawa Yoshiiku, Japanese, (1833–1904)
Tokyo Nichi Nichi Newspaper - Murderous Intruder, 1874
Ink and colors on paper
14 3/8 x 9 13/16 in. (36.6 x 24.9 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2014.1.58


Commentary
This is the depiction of a real crime, reported in the "Tokyo Nichinichi" newspaper. The bloody scenes and salacious, sensational stories were the favorite subjects of the audiences in the Meiji period. This one reports that a man called Sakan Seijuro stabbed the geisha Osasa of Komparu in the restaurant Tagoto and ran away.

See also: 2014.1.69

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The work bears the artist's signature, Eisai Yoshiiku, and the artist's seal.

Medium
ink and colors on paper

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