Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922
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.
Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)Date: probably 1789Medium: Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style); ink, color, mica, and gold-leaf on paperAccession: 2013.897On view in:Not on view