Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Shimōsa Province (下総): Kasane and Yoemon (与右衛門) from the series
The Sixty-odd Provinces of Great Japan
(Dai Nihon rokujūyoshū no uchi - 大日本六十餘州之内) 

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Dates: created,circa 1845
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock prints

Signed: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Kogaya Katsugorō
(Marks 262 - seal 19-042)
Inset signed: Toyokuni monjin Kunimichi ga
Censor's seal: Watari (for IX/1845)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Diet Library; Carnegie Museum of Art; Hankyu Culture Foundation - 1808 Toyokuni I version of this scene;

Physical description:

The legend of Kasane begins with Yoemon, a farmer, who married several times and had a one-eyed son, Suke. Yoemon kills Suke only to have his son's deformities repeated in his daughter, Kasane. One day, when Kasane goes out to harvest beans with a sickle, Yoemon tortures her to death (originally, he drowns her, but in later versions, he kills her with her sickle). Kasane's vengeful ghost then possesses Kiku, Yoemon's daughter by his fifth wife and is eventually exorcised.


The inset was designed by Toyokuni's pupil, Kunimichi II (国道), aka Kunishige II. We have been unable to find any information about this artist.