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Title

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 Toyohara Kunichika

Japan

1835 – 1900

Alternate image of 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) by Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika
Alternate image of 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) by Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika
Alternate image of 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) by Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika
  • Details

    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
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika

    Works in the collection

    18

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  • 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.

  • 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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