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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 Kuniyoshi

Japan

1797 - 1861


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.


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


Artist information

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Works in the collection

26


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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