by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Series; Modern Select Dolls
A Fuji Arts special offer auction
Lifelike Dolls of Uzume-no-mikoto and the Hag of Hitostuya at Adachigahara, 1856 - This unusual print depicts a display of life-size "dolls" featuring Uzume-no-mikoto, the goddess of dawn at lower right, with a disturbing scene from the tale of the Hag of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor above. In 1855 - 1856, Kuniyoshi did a series titled "Modern Select Dolls" based on a group of "dolls" on display at Kannon Temple in Asakusa. The dolls were actually very realistic, life-sized figures (iki-ningyo) dressed in real clothes, set into scenes from history and legend. Uzume-no-mikoto stands on the bank of a rushing river, gesturing with her hand. A border of clouds separates her from the image above of the hideous crone attacking a bound pregnant woman to obtain blood from the child for her master. An unusual design, nicely detailed.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. A few small losses and holes, repaired. Creasing, toning, soiling, slight rubbing, slight softening of paper at edges. Please see photos for details.
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