Yoshitoshi -- "The Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree" (#2)

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Title "The Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree"
("Komachi-Zakura no Sei")
Series "New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts"
("Shinkei Sanjurokkassen")
Date 1889 (1902, Second (and only later) Edition)
Publisher Daikoku-ya Heikichi (Tokyo, 1818-1923)
Carver Hori Yu
Image Size 8 7/8 x 13 1/8
Impression Excellent. Skillful "bokashi" shading to cartouche, kimono and background; extensive "gauffrage" pattern to kimono and white collar; nicely visible woodgrain to grey background; very crisp, highly detailed carving; two-color cartouche.
Condition Very Good+++. Excellent colors. Retains original album backing. (Minor trimming; light wear.)
Reference/Illus Stevenson's "Yoshitoshi's Thirty-Six Ghosts" pl #8, pg 34; Ronin Gallery pl #8, pg 4.
Comments Hauntingly beautiful. Just as Kuronushi was about to cut down the cherry tree, the tree's spirit appeared before him as an enchanting courtesan named Kurozome.
Item # BG-652
Price $1100 Sold--JK)