Yoshitoshi: Heron Maiden (Sagi musume)
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Heron Maiden (Sagi musume)
Series: “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts”
A young man who rescues a heron soon after meets a beautiful girl. They married, and she made him promise to never look at her when she was weaving brocade. One day he peeked and saw that she was indeed by nature a heron. After her secret is exposed she must fly away and leave him forever. One of the greatest designs in this series, there is blindprinting of the feathers of the birds and in the kimono of the beauty.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some smudging of red ink.
Publisher: Sasaki; Engraver: Yamamoto
Literature: Stevenson, plate II.