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Title

Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Iga Shikibunojō Mitsumune with Iga no Kotarō Asayuki in the play 'Meiyo jinsei roku'

1852

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  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020

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