The Hell Courtesan (Jigoku dayu), 1881

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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The Hell Courtesan (Jigoku dayu), 1881 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Hell Courtesan (Jigoku dayu), 1881

Series; Stories of Good and Evil Women (Zen aku fujin den), 1881

Stories of Good and Evil Women - Interesting print from a rare 1881 series by Kunichika featuring portraits of good and evil women. These chuban format scenes depict beauties from different time periods and walks of life, from elegant courtesans and noblewomen to wives and mothers. Some are shown demonstrating loyalty and courage in scenes ranging from attacking an enemy to protecting family or taking pride in fulfilling a duty, while other women commit murder or return as ghosts to haunt the living. The series is not well documented, and we've only seen a handful of designs from it. The settings are nicely detailed and vibrantly colored. A rare and intriguing series.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 6 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Some prints have slight separation at ends of vertical centerfold or a couple small holes, repaired, or a few creases. Please see photos for details.

The Hell Courtesan (Jigoku dayu), 1881 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Hell Courtesan (Jigoku dayu), 1881 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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