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Iemon Nyōbō Oiwa (Lantern Ghost of Oiwa)
  • Shunbaisai Hokuei
    active circa 1824–1837
    active: Japan
  • Iemon Nyōbō Oiwa (Lantern Ghost of Oiwa), circa 1831, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Hyaku Monogatari (100 Ghost Tales)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 377.82 x 254 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 7/8 x 10 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.163
Label Text

The Lantern Ghots of Oiwa appears to her husband Iyemon. Man in black robes with sword kneels in lower right. In upper left a huge pink lantern with a ghost's head. Background is gray.
The actor Arashi Rikan as Tamiya Iemon in lower right, ready to draw sword. He faces the ghost of his dead wife Oiwa, top left corner, materalizing as an old lantern with ghostly smoke emitting. On brow of ghost, "Namu Amida Bustu" (Hail to Amida Buddha).