Original Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) Japanese Woodblock Print
Twelve Scenes from the Tale of Asakura Togo, 1856
Comments - Handsome kabuki triptych featuring twelve dramatic scenes from the play commonly known as "The Higashiyama Storybook," a tale about a local mayor named Asakura Togo, which was based on a true story. To obtain much-needed tax relief for his impoverished village, Togo petitioned the shogun directly, bypassing the crooked governor Orikoshi Masatomo. As a result of his illegal act, he was sentenced to die by crucifixion, and returned as a ghost to haunt the governor. At upper left, Togo attempts to hand his petition to the shogun as he travels across a bridge. Just below to the right, Togo hangs from a cross as his wife kneels before him, who also faces a death sentence. The blue ghost of an abbot appears beside her, holding a bowl with supernatural red flames emerging from it, while snakes surround the nobleman at right. A great design with wonderful detail and a clever composition.
Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 29"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal centerfold. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.