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Onoe Kikugorō V as the Hag of Asajigahara

A work made of color woodblock prints; ōban triptych.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock prints; ōban triptych.




Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Japanese, 1839-1892

About this artwork

This image from the play The Lonely House shows a wicked hag preparing to murder a houseguest. She inadvertently kills her own daughter instead and, in shame and deep despair, repents her evil life. She ultimately attains Buddhahood through the grace of a bodhisattva—an enlightened person who delays nirvana to assist others—named Kannon.

The flowers and vines in this scene stand out against the eerie deep blackness surrounding the pale-skinned witch. The poem on the print reads, “Through the yūgao vines / A high wind moans; / At the eaves” (translated by Segi Shin’ichi in Yoshitoshi: The Splendid Decadent [1985]).


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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


Onoe Kikugorō V as the Hag of Asajigahara


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Color woodblock prints; ōban triptych


36.2 × 74.1 cm (14 5/16 × 29 3/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Nathalie Gookin in memory of Frederick W. Gookin

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