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Title

Snow: Onoe Baikō V as Iwakura Sōgen (Yuki Onoe Baikō Iwakura Sōgen)

1890

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

Alternate image of Snow: Onoe Baikō V as Iwakura Sōgen (Yuki Onoe Baikō Iwakura Sōgen) by Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Alternate image of Snow: Onoe Baikō V as Iwakura Sōgen (Yuki Onoe Baikō Iwakura Sōgen) by Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Alternate image of Snow: Onoe Baikō V as Iwakura Sōgen (Yuki Onoe Baikō Iwakura Sōgen) by Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1890
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
    Dimensions
    37.0 x 76.0 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    284.2018.a-c
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The kabuki actor Onoe Baikō V, also known as Onoe Kikugorō V (1844–1903), appears as the priest Iwakura Sōgen in the play Falling cherry blossoms (Hanafubuki). The priest fell in love with a woman called Orikotohime, broke his vow of celibacy and was dismissed from the temple. When his lover died, Sōgen retreated to the forest to starve himself to death and was haunted by her ghost. Emaciated and barely clothed in the icy landscape, his fingernails have grown long with neglect. In some versions, Orikotohime is reincarnated as a young priest. Their love impossible, the men decide to die together.

  • 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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