The Priest Ikyu and Jigoku Dayu, the Hell Courtesan

by Toshimoto (active circa 1870s - 1890s)

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The Priest Ikyu and Jigoku Dayu, the Hell Courtesan by Toshimoto (active circa 1870s - 1890s)

Original Toshimoto (active circa 1870s - 1890s) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Priest Ikyu and Jigoku Dayu, the Hell Courtesan

Series; Around the Globe: Mirror of Thunderous Names

The Priest Ikyu and Jigoku Dayu, the Hell Courtesan - Fantastic scene depicting an encounter between the courtesan Jigoku Dayu, whose name literally means "Lady of Hell," and the Priest Ikkyu. He walked about each New Year holding a staff with a skull attached to remind revelers of the inevitability of death. He enlightened the young courtesan as to the evils of her profession, and she became a convert to religious life. Here, the priest sits on the floor holding a fly whisk, grinning as he looks up. The beauty wears a striking black outer kimono patterned with a depiction of Hell, complete with Emma-o, the lord of the underworld, a bubbling cauldron, red flames, and red and green demons carrying clubs. In intricately patterned folding screen provides a backdrop for the pair. Beautifully detailed with burnishing on both black kimono and bokashi shading in the background an title cartouche. A rarely seen artist and the first time we've come across this design.

Artist - Toshimoto (active circa 1870s - 1890s)

Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold, fold at corner. A few holes and thinning spots, repaired. Creasing and wrinkling, slight soiling, paper remnant and slight rubbing at left edge. Please see photos for details.

The Priest Ikyu and Jigoku Dayu, the Hell Courtesan by Toshimoto (active circa 1870s - 1890s)
The Priest Ikyu and Jigoku Dayu, the Hell Courtesan by Toshimoto (active circa 1870s - 1890s)

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