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The actors Onoe Kikugorō V as the ghost of Okiku (above), Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Aoyama Onoe, with Onoe Kikujirō V and Onoe Matsusuke as retainers (below) from the play The mansion of plates at Banchō (Banchō sarayashiki)

1892


Artist

Toyohara Kunichika

Japan

1835 - 1900


About

This image relates to the play 'The mansion of plates at Banchō' as it was performed in Tokyo in 1892. Printed on three sheets of paper, it depicts a ghost appearing before the samurai Aoyama Tessan and his attendants. There are many versions of the story in which, having had his advances rejected by the housemaid Okiku, Aoyama hides an imported Dutch plate and blames her for its loss. Shamed by the accusation, Okiku drowns herself and her distraught ghost returns each night to haunt Aoyama. He is eventually driven mad by her visits. Kunichika has dramatically captured the horror expressed by the men and the serpentine movement of the ghost.


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Alternative title

Kabuki Theatre [Naka Mitsuhisa], the play Sarayashiki keshō sugatami (Kabuki-za Naka Mitsuhisa The mansion of plates and the cursed make-up mirror): the actors Onoe Kikugorō V as the ghost of Okiku (above), Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Aoyama Tessan, Onoe Matsusuke (IV) as Iwabuchi Chūta and Onoe Kikujirō V as the attendant Arisuke (below)


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1892


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych


Dimensions

triptych 105.8 x 24 cm


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

282.2018


Artist information

Toyohara Kunichika

Works in the collection

18


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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