Arts and Designs of Japan
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Artist Gekko
Title Yukun Jigoku Dayu – The Hell Courtesan
Series Gekko Zuihitsu - Gekko's Miscellaneous Drawings
Date 1892
Publisher Takegawa Risaburo
Format Oban (9 1/2" X 14 1/8")
Comment Embossed cartouche
The priest Ikkyu (1394-1481) converted the Hell Courtesan to a relatively religious life and gave her a literary education. Ikkyu stands by the New Year's pine decorations with a skull, to remind people of the impermanence of life. The courtesan's robe is decorated with images of demons.
Price $200.
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