Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Dish Mansion
Series; One Hundred Ghost Stories
The Dish Mansion - Fine Meiji era reprint of Hokusai's illustration for the famous ghost story of Okiku and the Dish Mansion. The evil samurai Asayama Tetsuzan falsely accused the maid Okiku of losing one dish from a valuable ten-piece set. He said he would forgive her if she would submit to his advances, but she would not, even after his retainer tortured her, dropping her into a well repeatedly. The pair eventually killed Okiku. After the murder, the ghost of Okiku returned to haunt them, emerging from the well to endlessly count the dishes, bursting into a horrible wail each time she reached the number ten. Here, Hokusai depicts the ghost rising from the well, the dishes trailing after her long black hair, a wisp of smoke emerging from her mouth. The dilapidated wood of the well and the vines growing over it add to the eerie atmosphere.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 10 1/4" x 7 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Excellent overall.