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Title

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

1892


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

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


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