Kuniyoshi: Skull and Waves

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Skull and Waves
Series: Ogura Imitation of the Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)
Date: 1845-1848

Shiragiku maru. Poem by Oshikôchi no Mitsune. Number 29. The young and androgynously attired Shiragakimaru holds aloft a monument to a lost temple of Enoshima, a skull held in his teeth. There is a supernatural flame next to him, letting the viewer know that something unearthly is going on. Shiragi kumaro is the subject of a play in which he and his male lover, the temple priest Jikyu, make a lover’s pact to commit suicide. This story is alluded to in this design.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition Backed.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô
Literature: Robinson S46.29
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga