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Akaguchi [Red Mouth] (5 Shakku, not a good day)
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Akaguchi [Red Mouth] (5 Shakku, not a good day), 1860, 10th month, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Rokuyōsei kuniyoshi jiman (Six Conditions of Nature, Kuniyoshi’s Pride)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 358.8 x 250.8 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/8 x 9 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.045
Label Text

Ōmori Hikoshichi discovers that the beautiful woman he is carrying across a stream is a demon, sees reflection in LR corner of the woman in the stream, a reflection which reveals her true devil nature. In the popular story, Ōmori Hikoshichi attacks the demon and succeeds in cutting off her arms and chasing her away. Landscape in upper background of gray and green hills. There is a small house, large, gray mountains and a white moon on the left. There are brown rocks and green foliage on the right.