Re: Strange print


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Posted by Alec W. (174.105.163.103) on December 04, 2019 at 18:21:52:

In Reply to: Strange print posted by Peter Hyland on December 04, 2019 at 16:55:12:

https://data.ukiyo-e.org/uploads/images/847f47f302b46679598648aa6dd3b974.jpg

It is indeed the right panel of a triptych. The little figures are spirits representing good (善) and evil (悪) motivations. The motif was popularized by Santō Kyōden in his 1790 bestseller "Quick-dye Mind Study" (Shingaku Hayasomekusa, 心学早染草). I'm not sure what this particular scene depicts.

Here's a Japanese-language blog post with a discussion of the piece in the context of a Yoshiiku exhibition at the Ōta Memorial Museum of Art:

https://ameblo.jp/artony/entry-12398226709.html

-A


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