Scene from the Play The Mirror Mountain, Kunisada (I) , Utagawa, 1853

Scene from the Play The Mirror Mountain, Kunisada (I) , Utagawa, 1853

colour woodcut, h 358mm × w 252mm More details

This play is based on a true story. From behind sliding doors, the maid Ohatsu witnesses a quarrel between her mistress Onoe and another lady-in-waiting, who strikes Onoe with a sandal. This terrible humiliation leads Onoe to commit suicide, which Ohatsu avenges. This popular play was performed on the maids’ annual free days, so that they could attend it.

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

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