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Title

Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Iga Shikibu Jinnojo Mitsumune with Nakamura Fukusuke I as Iga no Kotaro Tomoyuki

1852


Artist

Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

Japan

1786 - 1865


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Ige Shikinobu jo no Mitsumune with Iga no Kotaro Asayuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1852


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

35.0 x 23.5 cm


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

139.2019


Artist information

Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

Works in the collection

50


Place

Where the work was made
Japan