Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Naosuke Gombei ripping of a face

Location
Not on display
Further information

'Twenty-eight famous murders with verse' is a series of gruesome prints based on kabuki and nō plays or events from Japanese history. The series is considered one of the first type of ero guro or erotic grotesque works in Japanese art. Produced earlier in Yoshitoshi’s career, he was thought to be a forerunner of the style which showed extremes of violence or sex in woodblock prints. The print 'Naosuke Gombei ripping off a face' is likely taken from a kabuki story of a servant who crept into his master’s room killing him, his wife and children.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
1867
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
34.5 x 23.5 cm image
Credit
Gift of Craig Westgate in memory of his grandmother Freda Thomas 2019
Accession number
155.2019