Actor Onoe Kikugorô III as the Ghost of Oiwa (third state)

三代目尾上菊五郎のおいわ

Japanese
Edo period
1826 (Bunsei 9), 1st month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)


Object Place: Osaka, Japan

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan..." (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 95; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #165 (second state); Keyes 1973, #216 and pl. 34 (first state); Addiss, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985, 2005), p. 30

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25.8 cm (14 3/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.5393

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.35347 (second state), 21.5393 (third state)

Play: Irohagana Yotsuya Kaidan
Theater: Kado

According to Keyes, the print is known in at least three states. In the first and second states, the inscription is printed in silver; in the third state, it is black. The first state has a black background.
いろは仮名四谷怪談(いろはがなよつやかいだん)
 角

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga
春好斎北洲画

Provenance

January 1914, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Ito; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection