Yoshitoshi 芳年: Startled by the Giant Scrotum of a Tanuki (Sold)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡芳年 (1839-1892)
Title:Startled by the Giant Scrotum of a Tanuki at Hiroonohara, Azabu
Series: Crazy Pictures of Famous Places in Tokyo (Tokyo kaika kyôga meisho) 東京 開花 狂画 名所
Date: 1881

Travelers are startled by two tanuki whose giant scrota precede them on a road amidst a grassy plain in Hiroonohara, Azabu. The two tanuki each hold an umbrella in one paw and support their giant scrota with the other paw. One tanuki has a Japanese-style umbrella, while his companion holds a western style one which is in disrepair. The three travelers are are so startled that they jump back, one falling to the ground. They each carry western-style attache cases with a double-circle emblem. The tanuki appear the more business-like in this encounter. One of the best designs in the series.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: chuban (17.7 x 24.3 cm)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Literature: Keyes 436 (series) and Philadelphia Museum of Art
Signature: Yoshitoshi giga