Yoshitoshi: Ranmaru and the Mysterious Sago Palm (Sold)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡芳年 (1839-1892)
Title: Ranmaru and the Mysterious Sago Palm 蘭丸蘇鉄之怪ヲ見ル図
Series: New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts  新形三十六怪撰

Date: 1891

Here we see Mori no Ranmaru, a retainer of the 16th century military leader Oda Nobunaga. He strikes a dramatic pose, holding a lantern aloft and looking behind him at the supernatural sago palm. This particular palm tree had been imported from a southern climate, and after complaining nightly of homesickness it apparently took matters into its own fronds and began walking home.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (36.8 x 25 cm)
Publisher: Sasaki Toyokichi
Literature: See Stevenson’s “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts”, page 70, plate XXVI.
Signature: Yoshitoshi