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.

Details
Title
The Mansion of the Plates
Artist Life
1760 - 1849
Role
Artist
Accession Number
56.52.4
Catalogue Raisonne
Ukiyo-e shūka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chūban #25.5
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