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Title

The old woman retrieves her arm , from the series New forms of thirty-six ghosts

1889

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1889
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    oban; colour woodblock print
    Dimensions
    36.0 x 25.0 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    582.2018.1
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    Watanabe no Tsuna was a retainer for the 10th century general Morimoto no Yorimitsu, and was instructed to rid the countryside of bandits and thieves. One of these outlaws was a demon named Ibaraki who preyed on travellers at the Rashō Gate. One night Watanabe waited at the gate and nodded off to sleep when suddenly he felt someone touch his helmet. Stunned, he used his sword to slash above his head, cutting off the arm of the attacker, who instantly fled. Watanabe was advised by a Shinto priest to place the hairy arm in a box, not let anyone see it, and perform rites over it. A few days later, Watanabe’s elderly aunt Mashiba arrived and wanted to see inside the box. Watanabe reluctantly showed her only to discover that she was Ibaraki in disguise. The image created by Yoshitoshi shows Ibaraki flying away clutching her arm. Her clawed foot, wizened face and streaming white hair are further indication that she is a demon.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • 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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