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Title

The tongue-cut sparrow

1864


Artist

Utagawa Yoshimori

1830 - 1884


About

In Utagawa Yoshimori’s 1864 triptych The tongue-cut sparrow (Shitakiri suzume), an old woman can be seen on the right lifting the lid from a basket and on the left, on the ground beside the open basket. She had tricked a family of sparrows into giving her the basket but had been unable to resist lifting the lid before arriving home. The punishment for her greed was to be confronted by a horde of monsters. Spilling across all three sheets of the print, the monsters are powerfully drawn in graphic cartoon-style black and white. The work is a strong example of early manga in Japanese art. Although he was admired during his lifetime, little is known about Yoshimori who, like Yoshitoshi, was a student of Kuniyoshi and took on the final character of his master’s name as the beginning of his own.


Details


Date

1864


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

36.7 x 75.0 cm


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund


Location

Not on display


Accession number

144.2019


Artist information

Utagawa Yoshimori

Works in the collection

1