The Mansion of the Plates, c. 1831-1832

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The plate demon is supposed to be the ghost of Okiku who worked as a maid of a warrior's house, accidentally broke a dish that was treasured by her lord's family. Her angry lord killed her and threw her body in a well in his yard. Kiku became a ghost and haunted around the well. Many novels were written based on the story, and several different Kabuki plays were also written.

The Mansion of the Plates
Artist Life
1760 - 1849
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Ukiyo-e shūka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chūban #25.5; RSK00905 Masterpieces from the Japanese painting collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art ミネアポリス美術館 日本絵画の名品 Cat.54
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