Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (artist 01/01/1797 – 04/14/1861)
Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Kamiya Iemon (神谷仁右衛門) with his servant, Kohei and his dead wife Oiwa (お岩) nailed to a door along with images of their skeletons - a shikake-e or 'mechanical print'
9.75 in x 14 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print
Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
(Marks 446 seal 17-001)
Censor seals: Hama and Kinugasa
Philadelphia Museum of Art - a related Kunihiro print from 1826
Kamiya Niemon is married to Oiwa, but falls in love with another woman. So, he poisons his wife who dies an agonizing death. Niemon's servant Kohei is on to what his master has done. Niemon kills him too and nails both of their bodies to a door and throws it into the Onbō canal.
A 'pop-up' print with alternative images within the frame (four of which are shown here). Pop-up pages are pasted over the print which can be folded to make different characters appear. These 'pop-up' prints are very rare since they were handled extensively.
The four images illustrated on this page are reproduced in a dissertation thesis from Brazil in 2014. The author was Cláudio Augusto Ferreira at the University of São Paulo. It is in Portuguese and is posted online as a pdf file. The image appears on page 194 in color.
Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目市川団十郎: 5/10/1823 - 6/8/1854) (actor)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Sanoya Kihei (佐野屋喜兵衛) (publisher)
Oiwa (お岩) (role)