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The ghost of Oiwa emerges from a lantern to frighten Tamiya Iemon

  • Description

    This print depicts an episode from a famous Japanese ghost story, the Tale of Oiwa. Oiwa is a young woman who is poisoned by her husband. After an agonizing death, her spirit returns to haunt him. Here he recoils in horror as Oiwa’s deformed face emerges from a lantern. This print series shows various legendary and historical subjects associated with verses from a famous poetic anthology. The poem transcribed here is a love poem by the tenth-century courtier Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu.

  • Details

    Take-offs Based on the Ogura Version of the ‘One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets’
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    published 1845 - 1848
    Edo Period (1600 - 1868)
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) (designer)
    Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu (AD 921 - 991) (author)
    Yokogawa Takejirō (active c. 1852) (block cutter)
    Associated people
    Ibaya Senzaburō (active c. 1820s - c. 1870s) (publisher)
    Kinugasa Fusajirō (active c. 1843 - 1853) (censor)
    Material and technique
    mount 55.5 x 40.3 cm (height x width)
    print 34 x 22.5 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
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