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Title

Yotsuya ghost story (Yotsuya kaidan) , from the series New forms of thirty-six ghosts

1892

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    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
    Dimensions
    36.5 x 24.5 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    5.2019.2
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    Ostensibly tranquil, this scene shows Oiwa feeding her infant. Shortly after, she was poisoned by her neighbour Oume who coveted Oiwa’s husband, Iemon. When the poison made Oiwa hideous, cruel Iemon could not stand to look at her and his behaviour drove Oiwa to suicide. A servant chastised Iemon for his abuse of Oiwa and Iemon murdered him. He nailed them both to a plank which he threw in the river. Iemon then married Oume, but when he lifted her wedding hood it was Oiwa’s face he saw. He then murdered his new bride and her father, who he mistook for the dead servant. He later drowned himself. Perhaps Japan’s most famous ghost story, the Yosuya ghost story premiered on the kabuki stage in 1825 and first appeared in cinema in 1912.

  • 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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