Yoshitoshi: Kiyohime Transforming into a Serpent at Hidaka River
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Kiyohime Transforming into a Serpent at Hidaka River
Series: New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts
Kiyohime emerging from the Hidakagawa (River) after transforming herself into a serpent in order to cross the river to follow her crush, a monk named Anchin. She emerges from the water here, wringing out her hair, partially transformed. Her robes evoke a serpent’s scales and her body is lengthening. It is perhaps a cautionary tale about the dangers of unrequited passion and uncontrolled emotions. 25 Years earlier Yoshitoshi published a design of this story in the series “100 Ghost Stories of China and Japan”.
Condition:Excellent impression and color; very good condition. First edition. Dimensions: oban (36.5 x 25.1 cm)
Publisher: Sasaki Toyokichi
Literature: See Stevenson’s Yoshitoshi’s Thirty Six Ghosts, plate XI, page 40.
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