An image of Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Iga Shikibu Jinnojo Mitsumune with Nakamura Fukusuke I as Iga no Kotaro Tomoyuki

Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

(Japan 1786 – 1865)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Iga Shikibu Jinnojo Mitsumune with Nakamura Fukusuke I as Iga no Kotaro Tomoyuki

Other titles:
Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Ige Shikinobu jo no Mitsumune with Iga no Kotaro Asayuki
Location
Not on display
Further information

Nakamura Utaemon IV (1798–1852) was a kabuki actor who excelled in performing both male and female roles. This print shows a moment of high drama in a kabuki play in which Nakamura Utaemon IV plays the ghost of Iga Shikibu Jinnojo Mitsumune confronting Iga no Kotaro Tomoyuki (played by Nakamura Fukusuke I), a family member who arranged his death. The unearthly status of the ghost is revealed by the figure’s bluish translucence and the accompanying flame, an indicator of the supernatural.

Place of origin
Japan
Year
1852
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
35.0 x 23.5 cm
Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019
Accession number
139.2019