Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Toyohiro, 1773-1828, Utagawa, Japan

Shun-kan sima monogatari. Book 4.

"In the open sea of Hikishima, Ari-ou and his people see a monstrous octopus. Ari-ou cuts off one of the tentacles. Then he notices, that this tentacle holds a part of the clothes of Tsuruno-mae and an arm of Yasura-ko. The people understand, that Tsuruno-mae and Yasura-ko have thrown herselves in the sea and were eaten by this octopus."

More woodblock prints from this collection can be found here.

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