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Title

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

1882

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020

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