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Title

Naosuke Gombei ripping off a face

1867


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

'Twenty-eight famous murders with verse' is a series of gruesome prints based on kabuki and nō plays or events from Japanese history. The series is considered one of the first type of ero guro or erotic grotesque works in Japanese art. Produced earlier in Yoshitoshi’s career, he was thought to be a forerunner of the style which showed extremes of violence or sex in woodblock prints. The print 'Naosuke Gombei ripping off a face' is likely taken from a kabuki story of a servant who crept into his master’s room killing him, his wife and children.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1867


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

34.5 x 23.5 cm image


Credit

Gift of Craig Westgate dedicated to the memory of his brother Owen Geoffrey Westgate 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

155.2019


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

118


Place

Where the work was made
Japan