Hishikawa Moronobu: Arm of the Demon Shuten-doji
Artist: Hishikawa Moronobu
Title: Arm of the Demon Shuten-doji
Series: Oeyama monogatari zue (The Tale of Oeyama)
Date: ca. 1680
The Demon’s Arm is Presented at Court. Number two from a set of prints illustrating the tale of the malevolent Shuten-doji, named after his mountain lair Oeyama. Works like this by one of the founders of ukiyo-e from the 1600s are extremely rare.
Condition: Good impression and condition. Trimmed; colors are probably 19th century.
Publisher: Urokogata-ya Sanzaemon
Literature: See MFA website for one example; others from the series are in the British Museum.