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Takeda Katsuchiyo Killing an Old Badger in the Moonlight


Item code : DUR003

Artist Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Subject Spirits & Religion
Series Selected New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts
Publisher Sasaki Toyokichi
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 23.8 x 35.5cm
Date Late 19th C.


Published: 1889

The print is based on an episode that took place during Katsuchiyo’s boyhood military education. Deep in study one evening, he was startled to hear the wooden horse on which his saddle was stored ask him questions about military strategy. He immediately drew his sword and as he struck the horse, an old badger fell dead at his feet. The badger, a supernatural creature with shapeshifting powers, had taken the form of the saddle horse to play a trick. 

Yoshitoshi’s draftsmanship is very self-confident here, with the pine tree cutting across the background off-centre and the sword slashing just to the edge of the frame. 

(Based on 'Yoshitoshi's Thirty-Six Ghosts' by John Stevenson)


Condition : Excellent       Impression : Excellent

The paper is worn, there is one hole on the right side of the title. There are signs on the back of previously attached backing paper.