The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886 - Incredible illustration of the courtesan Jigokudayu, whose name means Hell Courtesan, strolling at New Year's with her two small kamuro, a servant holding an umbrella over her head. The Priest Ikkyu stands before her, brandishing a skull on a stick to remind holiday revelers of the inevitability of death. He enlightened the young courtesan as to the evils of her profession, and she became a convert to religious life. The young beauty is elegantly regal, wearing a kimono patterned with vision of Hell with a demon and flames, and an obi with delicately embossed lotus blossoms. A beautifully detailed scene, with additional fine embossing on the white kimono fabrics and the priest's pants, and burnishing in the black robe and geta clogs. A great diptych from this series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Pinholes at top corners and a few places along edges, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.