Obasuteyama

Obasuteyama

Oban tate-e (9.5 by 14 ins approx.)
Catalogue ID: Yoshitoshi M97
Artist: Yoshitoshi
Date: 1891
Series: 100 Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Description: A man struggles up a hill with an old relative on his back. He is practising 'obasute' where impoverished families would abandon their elderly relatives to free themselves of the economic burden. A subject of several stories and plays, the inherent cruelty of the situation is softened by the placid features of both individuals, and the presence in the foreground of a healthy pine, the symbol of longevity.
Condition: A mark to lower part of design, otherwise very good.
Impression: Very good.

Availability: Available

£320.00