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Artist Yoshitoshi
Title Kiyohime changing into a serpent at Hidaka River
Series 36 Ghosts
Date January 15, 1890
Publisher Sasaki Toyokichi
Format Oban (9 3/8" X 13 7/8")
Comment Burnished pattern on the red under robe
Early 3 color cartouche
This illustrates the story of the young woman, Kiyohime, who grew infatuated with a monk from the Dojo Temple. She followed him to the temple, where he hid under a giant bell. As she had turned into a serpent, she coiled herself around the bell with such passion and heat that the bell melted, killing both the monk and herself.
Price $650.
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