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Woman Cuts Off Lover's Nose, No. 892 Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Woman Cuts Off Lover's Nose, 

No. 892 Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun

by Utagawa Yoshiiku, 1874

Business Trip to Saga, Hizen Province, No. 913 Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun

IHL Cat. #420

About This Print

At the top of this "news nishiki-e" is a banner held aloft by two cherubs containing the name of the sponsoring newspaper, the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun 東京日々新聞.   This print depicts a married woman with children cutting off her lover's nose with a razor when he talks of ending their affair.1

For a summary of the brief life of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblock prints) see the article Nishiki-e shinbun and Newspapers in Meiji Japan.

1 website of William Wetherall www.nishikie.com

Story Translation (partial) by William Wetherall

Source: Nishiki-e Shinbun website of William Wetherall http://www.nishikie.com/stories/TNS-0892_cuts_off_lovers_nose.html
There was a woman named Osetsu, the daughter of Takahashi Rokubee, a farmer in Hisakuni village in Chichibu district of Bushu [Musashi province] under the jurisdiction of Kumagaya prefecture. She married into a certain family in Hannya village in the same district and there were two children. Osetsu in name only, she was a pillar of water with no setsudo [moderation]. And there was a man with whom she chatted in secret . . . . Mortified by talk of separation, she took a razor and cut his nose from the root and sliced it off. . . . Osetsu, in addition to being jailed for sixty days, was made to eat a fine. As for the man, he was calmed with seventy lashes, but . . . .

Japanese Transcription of Text

Source: University of Tokyo website http://www.lib.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/collection/ono_sn/22.html#N053


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Woman Cuts Off Lover's Nose (八百九十二号 No. 892)
 Newspaper  Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun 東京日々新聞
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
Keisai Yoshiiku (恵斎芳幾)
 Seal  芳幾 Yoshiiku (see above)
 Writer of Text
 Publication Date
December 29, 1874 戌十二
Gusokuya Kahei 具足屋嘉兵衛, [Marks: pub. ref. 085; seal ref. 24-031]

seal reading:
top: 人形町 Ningyōchō
bottom: 具足屋 Gusokuya
Horiei ホリエイ
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - large brown stain across 2/3 of banner at top, top margin trimmed, 1/2 cut in top margin
 Genre  ukiyo-e; nishiki-e shinbun
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 13 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (34.9 x 24.4 cm)

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Library 10 08059 0027; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 008-C5-9; ARC Object No.国会109-03-048; The University of Tokyo Digital Archives Ono Hideo Collection N053
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