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Title

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

1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

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


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

118


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