Artist: Utagawa Kunihisa (歌川国久)

Print: Onoe Matsusuke I (尾上松助) as the ghost of Iohata and Iwai Kiyotarō II (岩井喜世太郎) as a boatman Tokubei (せんどう徳兵衛)

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Dates: 1804,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,13.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni monjin Kunihisa ga
Publisher: Moriya Jihei (Marks 353 - seal 01-079)

Related links: The National Museum of Asian Art;

Physical description:

A dynamic ghost scene from the debut in 7/1804 of Tenjiku Tokubei ikoku no banashi (天竺徳兵衛韓噺) at the Kawarazaki Theater in Edo. Matsusuke was lauded for his performance in this role.

Kunihisa was a talented contemporary female artist in Toyokuni's early studio with Kunimasa. She is known by only a few designs, all featuring ghosts.

Toyokuni also produced a haunting rendition of Iohata at the same time, but published by a different house.


Illustrated in black and white in a small reproduction on page 332 of Masterful Illustions: Japanese Prints in the Anne van Biema Collection.