Yoshiiku: Ghost of a Woman
Artist: Utagawa Yoshiiku
Title: Ghost of a Woman
Series: One Hundred Tales (Hyakumonogatari)
The splendidly creepy ghost of a woman appears, purple lips curling back from her gums and eyes half-slitted. She is dressed as the dead are, in a white shroud and with a bag (zudabukuro) hung around her neck. As this is a respectful copy of a painting done by the incomparable Maruyama Ôkyo, on the lower left is the signature Maruyama Mondo, one of Ôkyo’s pseudonyms. Scarce design.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: chûban (25 x 18.6 cm)
Literature: “Something Wicked from Japan: Ghosts, Demons and Yôkai in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces” (2016), page 38.