Yoshitoshi: Tawara and the ghost of a giant centipede
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Tawara and the ghost of a giant centipede
Series: One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan (Wakan hyaku Monogatari)
Otohime, the daughter ofthe dragon king, ducks in admiration behind the heroic Hidesato, who vanquishes the horrific giant centipede at the request of the dragon king. The setting is the palace of the dragon king, which lies underwater--hence the waves in the background. Here we see the archer Tawara about to draw his bow and dispatch the hideous creature that is menacing them from above.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Literature: See John Stevenson’s “Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales”, figure 7, page 42. “Beauty & Violence,” series #10.
Signature: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga