The greedy old woman

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
1839 - 1892
The greedy old woman
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ōban, mm 385 x 244

Signed: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga
Publisher: Dai-Kin (Daikokuya Kinnosuke)
Series: One hundred ghost stories of China and Japan
Wakan hyaku monogatari

Very good impression, with burnished black. Very good colour, in very good condition.

This is the first series designed by Yoshitoshi to illustrate ghost stories, two decades before the celebrated series New forms of thirty-six ghosts.

This print depicts the final part of the Japanese folk story of the tongue cut sparrow, when the old greedy woman opens the basket which she chose to find it full of monsters instead of riches.

Another impression of the print is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (accession number 11.37644).

Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Reigle Newland, Yoshitoshi, Masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden & Boston, 2011; cat. no 39, p. 79, illustrated in colour.