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Title

The actors Onoe Kikugorō V as the ghost of Saijirō (above), Bandō Kakitsu I as Kanbara Mikinosuke and Onoe Matsusuke as the attendant Gonbei (below)

1887

Artist

Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika

Japan

1835 – 1900

Alternate image of The actors Onoe Kikugorō V as the ghost of Saijirō (above), Bandō Kakitsu I as Kanbara Mikinosuke and Onoe Matsusuke as the attendant Gonbei (below) by Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika
Alternate image of The actors Onoe Kikugorō V as the ghost of Saijirō (above), Bandō Kakitsu I as Kanbara Mikinosuke and Onoe Matsusuke as the attendant Gonbei (below) by Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1887
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, diptych
    Dimensions
    diptych 74.2 x 25.2 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    283.2018
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Toyohara Toyohara Kunichika

    Works in the collection

    18

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  • About

    From about the age of 12, Toyohara Kunichika studied under the renowned artist Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786–1865). Kunichika was a committed kabuki fan and his work often showed scenes from famous plays with great actors captured at particularly dramatic moments. His use of the vertical format was especially suited to portraying the extended diaphanous forms of ghosts. In ‘The tale of the Inaba novice on a rainy evening’, a bloodied spectral character played by the actor Onoe Kikugorō V rises above his co-stars. The fireball (hitodama) signifies the otherworldliness of the scene.

  • 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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