Posted by Alec W. (126.96.36.199) 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:
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:
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