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The Enlightenment of Jigoku Dayu

Size: 37.0cm by 25.0cm (14.57 in by 9.84 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Era: Meiji | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 40,000$ 360.00£ 260.00€ 305.00

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Description: During the Muromachi period (1336-1573), a beautiful woman called Otoboshi was kidnapped by bandits on Nyoi Mountain. Due to her beauty, the bandits sold her to a brothel in the red-light district of Osaka as a courtesan. She believed that her misfortune came from not observing the precepts of Buddhism in a previous life, and started calling herself jigoku ("hell"), wearing a kimono illustrated with images of hell, repeating the name of Buddha in her head, and singing poetry. She thus became known as Jigoku-tayu, the "hell courtesan".


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