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Title

The courtesan Ohyaku (Dakki no Ohyaku) and a ghost

1866

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Dakki no Ohyaku from the series Heroes for the twenty-eight Lunar Lodges, with poems (Eimei nijūhasshuku)
    Date
    1866
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    37.1 x 24.7 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    142.2019
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    Twenty-eight famous murders with verse is a gruesome series of prints, half of which were designed by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-92) and the other half by his student Ochiai Yoshiiku (1833-1904) between 1866 and 1868. This print shows the evil courtesan Ohyaku standing beside a lantern and with a seated ghost at her feet. The seated figure, possibly murdered by Ohyaku, has suffered a great gash to the head. These types of images are known as chimidoro-e, blood-stained pictures, and sometimes had glue added to the ink to give the printed blood a texture of coagulation.

  • 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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