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Title

The courtesan Ohyaku (Dakki no Ohyaku) and a ghost

1866


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


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.


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


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

118


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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