Arts and Designs of Japan
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Artist Yoshitoshi
Title The greedy woman leaving the three sparrows
Series Yoshitoshi Manga - Sketches by Yoshitoshi
Date c. 1886
Publisher Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Format Oban diptych (18 7/8" X 14 1/8")
Comment Burnishing on the black areas of the basket, deluxe early impression
This illustrates the folk tale The Tongue-Cut Sparrow. The greedy and vicious old woman, who had cut her husband's pet sparrow's tongue, takes a large basket from the sparrows. She thinks it contains gold and jewels, but it is actually full of demons.
Price $650.
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