Yoshitoshi: Toki Daishiro Demon Wrestling (Sold)
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Toki Daishiro Demon Wrestling
Series: One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan (Wakan hyaku Monogatari)
Gamo Ujisato, a samurai, was traveling through a village when a farmer told him stories of the ghosts and demons who came out every night and terrified the villagers. Toki Daishirô was a retainer of Gamô Ujisato, and he decided to spend the night in a haunted temple. The samurai said he would deliver the people of these negativities, and this he accomplished perfectly. Here we see the samurai wrestling with what looks like a guardian statue gone bad, with a Buddhist-looking deity looking on, who has also gone bad as he has some sort of demon-face on his stomach. Behind are skeletons egging on their compatriot.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Barely discernible center fold.
Dimensions: ôban (37.1 x 24.8 cm)
Literature: Illustrated in Stevenson’s “Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales”, figure 14, page 56. “Beauty & Violence”, series #10, number 10.8.
Signature: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga