Taiso Yoshitoshi
(1839-1892)
The Depravity of Seigen, 1889
Color woodblock
27×9 IN.

Signed on block right center: "Yoshitoshi"; inscribed on block upper right. A fine impression in fine condition aside from two small stains in upper left corner and a small area of fraying along upper edge, with trimmed margins. Printed on mica paper; silver paint is used for highlights.
Seigen was the abbot of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, and Sakurahime was the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. One day, when Sakurahime visited Kiyomizu temple to view the cherry blossoms, she and Seigen met. It was love at first sight. Seigen was compelled to break his vows and was consequently expelled from the temple. In this print, Sakurahime has died but continues to haunt Seigen.

$ 2,500