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#49 Lantern Ghost of Oiwa (Hebiyama; Snake Mountain)
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • #49 Lantern Ghost of Oiwa (Hebiyama; Snake Mountain), circa 1845–1847, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Ogura Nazorae Hyakunin Isshu (Ogura Imitations of the One Hundred Poets) (Pictures Based on the Ogura One Hundred Poems)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 335 x 219 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 3/16 x 8 5/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.055
Label Text

Kamiya Niemon or Tamiya Iemon seated in brown, black and gray robes at lower right, leaning away from Oiwa, the lantern ghost in the upper left. Oiwa, the murdered wife of Iemon, a poverty-stricken rōnin, rises from long curving form from lower left to upper center. There is a yellow rope curled like a snake in the upper left, snakes at center, fire at base of Oiwa's form. Gray screen with blue vine leaves in background. Upper left, cartouche with poem by Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu Ason (922-991).