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Based on a folktale about an onibaba demon hag who killed pregnant women to eat their fetuses, the piece is startling even today in its depiction of suspension and torture.
During the Edo period 1603-1868 , suspension was an officially accepted means of torture to extract confessions from suspected criminals.
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More than 100 years after the release of his most controversial work, his influence can still be felt in the aesthetics of Japanese and Western erotic bondage.
In 1921, he succeeded in suspending and photographing his heavily pregnant wife, Sahara Kise, who also modeled for many of his other sexual bondage and torture photographs.
Inada Kyuzo Shisuke: Woman Suspended from Rope, by Yoshitoshi 1867 source: yoshitoshi.
Japanese authorities banned the print shortly after its release.