Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Iga Shikibunojō Mitsumune with Iga no Kotarō Asayuki in the play 'Meiyo jinsei roku'
Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III
1786 - 1865
Nakamura Utaemon IV (1798–1852) was a kabuki actor who excelled in performing both male and female roles. This print shows a moment of high drama in a kabuki play in which Nakamura Utaemon IV plays the ghost of Iga Shikibu Jinnojo Mitsumune confronting Iga no Kotaro Tomoyuki (played by Nakamura Fukusuke I), a family member who arranged his death. The unearthly status of the ghost is revealed by the figure’s bluish translucence and the accompanying flame, an indicator of the supernatural.
Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Ige Shikinobu jo no Mitsumune with Iga no Kotaro Asayuki
Place where the work was made
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
35.0 x 23.5 cm
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020