A wood netsuke of the ghost of Ubume, signed Masatoshi By Masatoshi, 19th century
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A wood netsuke of the ghost of an ubume By Masatoshi, 19th century
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A wood netsuke of the ghost of an ubume
By Masatoshi, 19th century
The slender apparition cradling a child in her arms and rising from a cloud, which rises in wisps over her long billowing robe, an inscribed grave post at her back, the dark stained wood is slightly worn, signed Seshu Masatoshi with kao.
8.2cm (3¼in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 産女 銘「施主正利(花押)」 19世紀

    Provenance: Labbé-Barbanson collection.

    For another version of the ghost of Ubume, see Marie-Thérѐse Coullery and Martin S. Newstead, ibid., p.177, no.C424.

    Ubume are the ghosts of women who have died in childbirth and cannot find peace. They appear to passers-by, begging them to take their child, and then disappear.

    The word Seshu translates as: chief mourner (or donor).
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