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政岡 Masaoka, #16 (The Spectre of Nikki Danjō)
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    1797–1861
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • 政岡 Masaoka, #16 (The Spectre of Nikki Danjō), circa 1841–1842, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • 賢女烈婦傳 Kenjo reppuden (Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives) (Stories of Wise and Valiant Women)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 368 x 254 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/2 x 10 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.047
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Masaoka protecting her charge Tsurukiyo from Nikki Danjō, the ghost seen at the upper left, who has occult powers. Nikki Danjō is depected as a yamabushi ninja holding a rosary. Masaoka kneels at center dressed in elaborate robes. Her undergarment is pink and there is a black and red cushion at the right center. The background goes from white below to dark gray above.
Meiboku Sendai Haji, a well-known kabuki play included the story of Masaoka as a subplot.