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The woman Shizunome Ohyaku

  • Description

    This print series is based on the Chinese classical novel, The Tales of the Water Margin (Suikoden in Japanese). The novel recounts the exploits of a gang of Chinese outlaws in the twelfth century and the subject was enormously popular in Japan in the mid-1800s. Instead of depicting the Chinese characters from the original novel, Yoshitoshi chose to use his own set of heroes from Japanese history and legend for this series. He was fascinated by the supernatural and incorporated several spirits and monsters. The woman who is releasing ghosts from a bottle is the villainess Ohyaku.

  • Details

    Beauty and valour in the novel Suikoden
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Edo Period (1600 - 1868)
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) (designer)
    Material and technique
    woodblock print, with bokashi (tonal gradation)
    mount 55.5 x 40.2 cm (height x width)
    print 25 x 18.4 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
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