Ghost Appearing to His Murderer, 1859

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Ghost Appearing to His Murderer, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ghost Appearing to His Murderer, 1859

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Ghost Appearing to His Murderer, 1859 - Great illustration of a scene from the kabuki play "Kohada no kaii ame mo furu numa" at the Ichimura Theater of the actor Kohada Koheiji appearing to his murderer, the actor Adachi Sakuro, who is also his wife's lover. Known for playing kabuki ghosts, Koheiji became one after his death one to haunt his killers and avenge his death. Dressed in a long white robe, the spirit floats in a column of gray smoke, a hideous grimace on his blue-tinged face and his long hair falling over his shoulder. Just below, his wife Otsuka thrusts an umbrella at Sakuro, who stares down at her with a worried frown as a red flame dances in the air. At right, Kazuko Heikichi eyes the apparition warily as he pushes up his kimono sleeve, a surprised child trying to crawl away at his feet. Willow trees frame the night sky, with shrubs at right and a rustic house at left. From left, the actors are Seki Sanjuro III, Iwai Kumesaburo III, Ichikawa Koheji IV, and Nakamura Eizo. A handsome supernatural design.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 27 1/4"

Condition - Nice detail. Vertical folds. Tears and losses at edges, repaired.

Ghost Appearing to His Murderer, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Ghost Appearing to His Murderer, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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