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当世恋歌八契 お七と吉三郎
The Lovers Oshichi and Kichisaburo

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
JP1439
Not on view
The lurid story of this ill-fated pair was made into a popular Kabuki drama. Oshichi, the daughter of a greengrocer, fell in love with Kichisaburo when she was evacuated to a temple where he was a boy servant during the great 1683 fire in Edo. After returning home she was unable to see him again. Insane with longing, she deliberately set fire to her house and was later tried and executed for arson.
Signature: Utamaro fude
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1998.

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