Yoshitoshi: Knife-wielding Hag of the Lonely House
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Knife-wielding Hag of the Lonely House
Series: Essays by Yoshitoshi (Ikkai zuihitsu)
Scene of an innocent beauty grappling with the Hag of Adachi Moor. The withered vines in the background match the withered and terrible skin of the Hag, who wields a giant knife. This story was illustrated numerous times by Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi’s teacher, and he also illustrated it a number of times. Although highly dramatic, this is not as explicit as his grisly diptych version, where we see the Hag about to cut open the belly of a helpless victim.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban 37.5 x 25.2 cm
Literature: See Beauty & Violence, series 23.3. Keyes number 280.13.
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshitoshi hitsu