Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hotaru (Fireflies), Chapter 25
Series; Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji, 1845 - 1846
Hotaru (Fireflies), Chapter 25 - Great image from the ghost story "Yatsuya Kaidan" of the evil ronin Tamiya Iemon watching as the skeletal ghost of his murdered wife Oiwa appears behind a beauty carrying a small insect cage. Iemon attempted to kill his wife by poisoning her so he could marry another woman. The poison instead disfigured her, and during a scuffle, she fell on a sword and died. Her ghost then began to haunt him, eventually driving him to commit suicide. An intriguing illustration from this dramatic tale
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Some prints have stitching holes at side or a few wormholes, repaired. Please see photos for details.