The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886

Comments - Incredible illustration of the courtesan Jigokudayu, whose name means Hell Courtesan, strolling at New Year's with her two small kamuro, a servant holding an umbrella over her head. The Priest Ikkyu stands before her, brandishing a skull on a stick to remind holiday 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. The young beauty is elegantly regal, wearing a kimono patterned with vision of Hell with a demon and flames, and an obi with delicately embossed lotus blossoms. A beautifully detailed scene, with additional fine embossing on the white kimono fabrics and the priest's pants, and burnishing in the black robe and geta clogs. A great diptych from this series.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. A couple stains. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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