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The Mansion of the Plates (1831) - Fine Art Print

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  • Capturing the beauty of the original artwork

    Every one of our prints is made using the Giclee printing process, for a museum-quality look and feel that does justice to the original art.

    Giclee printing is the gold-standard for preserving the meticulous detail and stunning colors that we love in the Japanese masters. All our prints are fade and fingerprint resistant, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

    We chose to offer 12”x18” (30cm x 45cm) as this was closest to the “chuban” size sheets used for woodblock prints historically.

    All of our prints come with matte finish for a more authentic appearance.

    Framing Options:

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    Ready-to-Hang and Made to Last

    Mounting brackets are included and centered on our framed prints and canvas wraps.

    All of our prints are made to last, with fade-resistant colors and materials. See how they arrive in the unboxing videos below.

  • About the Art

    The ghost of a beautiful servant, Okiku, rises from a well at the head of a chain of ornate plates. The scene is a depiction of the return of Okiku after her murder, from the folk tale "Mansion of the Plates".

    Okiku served under the samurai Aoyama Tessan. He would often make amorous advances, but she would always rebuff them. Growing frustrated with her, Aoyama tricked her into believing that she had carelessly lost one of the family's precious Delft plates, for which the typical punishment would be death.

    In a frenzied panic, she counted and recounted the nine plates, over and over. However, she could not find the tenth and went to Aoyama, tears of guilt streaming down her cheeks. The samurai offered to pardon her, if only she finally became his lover, but again she refused. Enraged, he threw her down a well to her death.

    Okiku became a vengeful spirit (Onryō), who tormented her murderer by counting to nine and then making a terrible shriek to represent the missing tenth plate – or perhaps she had tormented herself and was still trying to find the tenth plate but cried out in agony when she never could. 

    Different versions of the tale abound, and it was told and retold throughout Japan, in novels as well as in Kabuki theatre.

    This print is from the series entitled ‘100 Ghost Tales’ (Hyaku monogatari), made for a night-time storytelling game. After each story, another wick of the oil-lamp was blown-out, and the room became darker, until the room was pitch-black. At this point, the real ghouls would emerge.

    Judging from the series title, the publisher and Hokusai foresaw a series of 100 designs. However, in the end, only five are known.

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    We're sure you'll love your prints. However, if there are any problems with the printing, we're happy to offer a free exchange or refund 100% of the purchase price. Simply return the print within 30 days. For full details of our refunds and exchanges policy click here.

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