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Title

The actor Bandō Hikosaburō IV as Orikoshi Masatomo (C) attacked by the ghost of Asakura Tōgo played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV

1851

Artist

Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Japan

1797 – 1861

  • Details

    Other Title
    The ghost of Asakura Togo
    Alternative title
    Bando Hikosaburo IV as Orikoshi Masatomo being attacked by the ghost of Asakura Togo, played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV in 'The Story of Sakura of Higashiyama' ('Higashiyama Sakura Zōshi')
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1851
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
    Dimensions
    overall 35.8 x 76.5 cm :

    a - right sheet, 35.8 x 24 cm

    b - centre sheet, 35.8 x 24 cm

    c - left sheet, 35.8 x 24 cm

    Signature & date

    Sheet A: Signed and dated 'Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Hayashiya Shogoro, 1851'.
    Sheet B: Signed and dated 'Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Hayashiya Shogoro, 1851'.
    Sheet C: Signed and dated 'Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Hayashiya Shogoro, 1851'.

    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    285.2018.a-c
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Kuniyoshi

    Works in the collection

    26

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  • About

    The kabuki performance associated with this image was based on events that took place in 1653. In art and theatre of the 1840s and 1850s, names and places of historical figures were often changed to avoid censorship while remaining recognisable. In this instance, Asakura Tōgo is based on Sakura Sōgo (Sōgorō), a village leader who protested the poor conditions of local farmers. For his heroism, Sakura Sōgo and several of his family members were put to death. He swore revenge from beyond the grave. Here, as the bloodied ghost of Asakura Tōgo, he appears on each sheet of the triptych print, haunting the man who instructed his murder, the feudal lord Orikoshi Masatomo (the historical Hotta Masanobu).

  • 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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