An image of Tadamori and the oil thief

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Tadamori and the oil thief, from the series Sketches by Yoshitoshi (Yoshitoshi Ryakuga)

Other titles:
The oil thief
Location
Not on display
Further information

Tadamori and the oil thief is a tale Tsukioka Yoshitoshi revisited on a number of occasions throughout his career and which was also popular with his contemporaries. It is a story of a brave warrior, Tairo no Tadamori, given the task of catching a spikey-headed, fire-breathing demon menacing a temple. What he discovered instead was a poor monk with a grass hat carrying a flame to light the way as he pilfered oil from the stone lanterns in the temple garden. The monk was offered assistance and Tadamori was rewarded for his patience and logic.

Year
1882
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
19.0 x 25.0 cm
Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019
Accession number
137.2019.2