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清玄堕落之図 Seigen daraku no zu (The Depravity of Monk Seigen)
  • Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, artist
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Tokyo, Japan ; active: Japan
    Matsui Eikichi, publisher
    active: Japan
  • 清玄堕落之図 Seigen daraku no zu (The Depravity of Monk Seigen), 1889, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 356 x 241 mm each sheet
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 x 9 1/2 in each sheet
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 362 x 251 mm each sheet
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in each sheet
    Mat Dimensions: 36 x 16 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund and Museum of Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0174.a,b
Label Text

2010.0174.b is the lower print and depicts man in rumpled gray kimono with unkempt hair and emaciated features clutching a red, purple, and green woman’s kimono. Behind him to the right is a small table, to the left is a hearth with fire and a tattered paper oil lamp. A trailing white cloud wafts upwards to the edge of the print and continues into the upper print.

2010.0174.a is nearly filled with the white cloud in the center of which stands a beautiful young woman dressed in the same kimono held by the man below. In her hair she wares ornaments depicted with the addition of silvery mica. The title is inscribed to the right of the woman. Another inscription is above the table in the lower print. Very faint inscription to left of lower image.