´The Old Woman’s Sudden Greed´ from the series ´New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts´ by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

The tale portrayed here, “The Tongue Cut Sparrow,” has been a much-loved story since long ago. For helping a bullied sparrow, an old man is asked by the sparrows to choose a reward between a large and small wicker trunk. The old man picks the small wicker trunk and goes home. When he opens the trunk at home, loads of golden coins pile out. Then the old man’s greedy wife, who sees everything, decides to visit the sparrows as well. She is similarly shown a large and small trunk, but takes the large one home. When she opens it at home, she is surprised. All sorts of monsters pop out, frightening her to death. (Sankei)

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