Yoshitoshi: Suetake and Ghost
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Suetake and Ghost
Series: One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan (Wakan hyaku Monogatari)
Shusuinosuke Tobe Suetake grips his sword-hilt as he encounters a very sorry sight--a bloody and emaciated ghost holding a baby. Since the baby has non-ghost coloring, it is possible that the ghost is going to give the baby to Suetake and she is the ghost type Ubume. The cartouche has been translated as: Shumasuke was a strong man with great literary learning. One night when he left the house and was walking down the road, he saw an emaciated woman waiting beside the road. She was holding a baby in her arms, but, because of her thinness and pale face, she looked like a ghost. As he was passing he closed his eyes, and when he opened them again, she had vanished. (See also Stevenson for a more complete translation.)
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Literature: Illustrated in Stevenson’s “Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales”, figure 22, page 72. Beauty & Violence, series #10, number 10.19.
Signature: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga