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Scene from Banchō Sarayashiki
  • Toyohara Kunichika
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Scene from Banchō Sarayashiki, 1892, 10th month, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 1079 x 244 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 42 1/2 x 9 5/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 48 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 1 in
    Weight: 7 lbs
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.266.a,b,c
Label Text

Vertical triptych.
a: Top section. Light gray wisp of smoke forms an S from upper right to lower right, broadening at the bottom. Rising from te bottom is a mass of black hair. In the lower left section is a tongue of red fire. In the upper right there are five columns of characters, growing larger as they approach the right side.

b: Middle section. In the center is a ghost head and shoulders, dressed in pale blue, with both her black hair and robe rising to the top of the picture. She is leaning over a large, yellow and brown fan.

c: Bottom section. Two figures at the bottom, visible from the shoulders up, are cowering from the ghost in the section above. They are dressed in green and brown. A third man, seen from the knees up, appears to be swinging a large fan at the ghost. This man wears a white fur robe, plaid skirt, and a yellow and purple flowered shirt. The man carries two ornate swords.