||The greedy woman leaving the three sparrows|
||Yoshitoshi Manga - Sketches by Yoshitoshi|
||Oban diptych (18 7/8" X 14 1/8")|
||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.