Yoshitoshi's Thirty-Six Ghosts - In this incredible series, Yoshitoshi illustrated thirty-six of his favorite tales from Japanese history and legend. From charming folk stories to bloody tales of revenge, the series is the work of the artist's maturity and Yoshitoshi explores the subjects with great subtlety and psychological perception. As interesting to Yoshitoshi as the ghosts and monsters, are the human beings to whom they appear. Yoshitoshi was immensely popular in the last years of his life and the ghost series was greeted with great enthusiasm and a rush to collect among the Japanese public.
Today, prints from Yoshitoshi's Thirty-six Ghosts series are some of the most highly sought after prints on the market. A wonderful area of collecting for the Yoshitoshi enthusiast.
The Old Woman Retrieving Her Arm, No. 6 - Watanabe no Tsuna was challenged by a friend to spend the night at the Hojo Temple in Kyoto, where he could have an encounter with the only demon left in Japan. Disturbed in the middle of the night, he flailed wildly with his sword, cutting off the arm of the awful demon Ibaraki. Later as Watanabe performed Shinto rights over the arm, Ibaraki returned disguised as his elderly aunt, retrieved the arm, and flew away. Here, Ibaraki flies through the sky clutching the dismembered arm, one clawed foot extending from beneath her flowing white robe. Her long white hair and colorful kimono flutter in the night sky behind her. A fantastic ghost print, one of the great images from the series, beautifully detailed with embossing on the white robe.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent and nice detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds at sides, creasing at edges. Please see photos for details.