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Ranmaru and the Mysterious Sago Palm

Size: 35.5cm by 23.5cm (13.98 in by 9.25 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Era: Meiji | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 50,000$ 415.00£ 360.00€ 420.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This is from Yoshitoshi's series Shinkei sanjurokkaisen (New forms of 36 Ghosts).

Ranmaru, pictured in this print, was a retainer of Nobunaga who imported a Sago palm for his garden in Kyoto. Nobunaga sent Ranmaru out to cut down the tree because the tree complained constantly about the cold climate and wanted to return to the tropical climate from which it came. In this scene, Ranmaru has found the tree running away to the South, but as it has left his master’s garden he spares it from being cut down and illuminates the way for the tree to escape.

The print has been trimmed in the margins, unfortunately removing part of the original publisher's information.

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