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The actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the ghost of Kozakura Tōgō and as the tea server Inba, in reality the ghost of Tōgō (R), Bandō Hikosaburō IV as Orikoshi Tairyō (C), Iwai Kumesaburō III as Katsuragi, and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Koshimoto Sakuragi, in reality the ghost of Tōgō (L)

1851

Artist

Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Japan

1797 – 1861

Alternate image of The actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the ghost of Kozakura Tōgō and as the tea server Inba, in reality the ghost of Tōgō (R), Bandō Hikosaburō IV as Orikoshi Tairyō (C), Iwai Kumesaburō III as Katsuragi, and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Koshimoto Sakuragi, in reality the ghost of Tōgō (L) by Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Alternate image of The actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the ghost of Kozakura Tōgō and as the tea server Inba, in reality the ghost of Tōgō (R), Bandō Hikosaburō IV as Orikoshi Tairyō (C), Iwai Kumesaburō III as Katsuragi, and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Koshimoto Sakuragi, in reality the ghost of Tōgō (L) by Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi
  • Details

    Date
    1851
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, diptych
    Dimensions
    37.7 x 52.2 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    141.2019
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi

    Works in the collection

    26

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  • About

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi was an artist famed for his extraordinary illustrations of scenes from literature and legend as well as the popular Japanese theatre. He was also a teacher of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Kawanabe Kyôsai.

    This scene from a kabuki play of 1851 was based on true events of 1653, with the names of the characters and era of the incidents changed to avoid censorship. It is a rare kabuki play about political protest and the plight of farmers whose livelihoods were destroyed by a greedy daimyo (lord). The character of Tōgo, a mayor who challenged the daimyo, was based on the historical figure Sakura Sōgo (Sōgorō). Crucified for his impudence, after death he haunted those responsible for the suffering of his townspeople.

  • 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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