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Nissaka (The Nightly Weeping Rock)
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi, artist
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
    Iba-ya Sensaburo, publisher
    active: Japan
  • Nissaka (The Nightly Weeping Rock), circa 1845–1846, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Tōkaidō gojūsantsui (The 53 Parallels of the Tōkaidō Road) (Fifty-three Ghosts of the Tōkaidō)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 353 x 226 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 7/8 x 8 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 359 x 239 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.064
Label Text

Title cartouche in top right corner. Main image in square form shows a moonlight scene with Rōnin (masterless Samurai) holding his baby in his arms and watching his wife's ghost pass by. The Rōnin disguised as a komusō (wandering mendicant monk) and wears a monk's kesa (robes). His tengai (woven rush hat) is by his feet.