Yoshitoshi: Sumo Wrestler and Badger-Ghost
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Sumo Wrestler and Badger-Ghost
Series: One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan (Wakan hyaku Monogatari)
Date: 1865/9th month
The sumo wrestler Onogawa is unperturbed by the sight of the Badger-Ghost, a type of ônyûdô, who has snuck out from behind a partition in the dark. The wrestler blows smoke at him from his pipe, his posture and attitude one of total relaxation. The ghost recoils from the smoke, powerless due to the fearlessness of the wrestler.
Condition: Excellent impression and color. Very good condition. Soiling in margins.
Literature: On the cover of John Stevenson’s “Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales”. Pictured and discussed page 52, figure 12. Beauty & Violence, series #10, number 10.20.
Signature: Tsukioka Kaisai Yoshitoshi