Ginko: Sota Ito and the Spectral Cat (Sold)

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Artist: Adachi Ginko (active ca. 1870-1900)
Title: Sota Ito and the Spectral Cat
Date: 1874

Nakamura Shikan IV as Sota Ito. This work is so similar in design to a print by Yoshitoshi from 1867 that it must be the same story of Itô Enrin (or Yosôta) and the cat ghost. According to the story, a cat ghost at one time would appear to Ohide, a concubine of Lord of Saga (in Kyûshû) and torment her. The lord ordered a day-and-night watch, but none of the night watches could combat their overwhelming sleepiness. However, there was a loyal and brave footman called Itô Sota, who was asked to take over the night watch. He kept himself awake by piercing his own thigh with a knife. When Ohide was to enter the chamber of the lord, Sota saw a shadow of the cat ghost. He made himself known to it, stating the name, "Komori Heinojô" and killed it with a single stroke of his sword. This was the great deed of Sota. There is a very similar design by Yoshitoshi from the series Azuma no nishiki ukiyo kôdan (Tales of the Floating World on Eastern Brocade); the hero is identified as Ito Enrin. (See YOT392 in our archives for this design.)

Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition. Unbacked.  
Dimensions: ôban (35.5 x 24 cm)
Signature: Adachi Ginko