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Title

Tadamori and the oil thief, from the series Sketches by Yoshitoshi (Yoshitoshi Ryakuga)

1882


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Tadamori and the oil thief is a tale Tsukioka Yoshitoshi revisited on a number of occasions throughout his career and which was also popular with his contemporaries. It is a story of a brave warrior, Tairo no Tadamori, given the task of catching a spikey-headed, fire-breathing demon menacing a temple. What he discovered instead was a poor monk with a grass hat carrying a flame to light the way as he pilfered oil from the stone lanterns in the temple garden. The monk was offered assistance and Tadamori was rewarded for his patience and logic.


Details


Other Title

The oil thief


Date

1882


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

19.0 x 25.0 cm


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

137.2019.2


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

118