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The actor Iwai Hanshiro V as the Greengrocer's daughter, Oshichi

Kunisada Tsunoda, Japanese, (1786–1865)
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, (1786–1865)

Creation date: ca. 1815
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.389
Dimensions: 14 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (37.47 cm x 25.08 cm)


F. B. Turck, New York, New York ( - October 20 1936)

Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, New Jersey (October 20, 1936 - 1957)

American Art Galleries, New York, New York (October 20, 1936 - October 20, 1936)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1957 - )

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One of the most memorable characters in Kabuki, Oshichi is the heroine in a drama of forbidden love. She and her family took refuge in a Buddhist temple during a fire, and while there she and the temple attendant fell in love. Desperate to be reunited with her lover, Oshichi burned down her own house so that she could again return to live at the temple. She eventually would be burned at the stake for committing the capital offense of arson. By focusing attention on the exaggerated expression in a close-up image of the face, the artist Kunisada memorably portrays the actor who was famous for his dramatic interpretation of the lovesick madness of Oshichi.
Last Updated: 1/29/2020


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 47, Figure Number: 22


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