Chűshingura (忠臣蔵)

1849

This series of prints illustrates pairs of characters in a performance of the kabuki play Kanadehon Chűshingura at the Nakamura-za Theater in the 7th month of 1849. áThe actors were:

Actor

Role

Iwai Kumesabur˘ III

Lady Kaoyo

Iwai Kumesabur˘ III

ďboshi Rikiya

Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V

ďbosh Yuranosuke

Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V

Momonoi Wakanosuke

Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V

Hayano Kanpei

Onoe Baik˘ IV

Okaru

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV

Takano Morona˘

Onoe Shinshichi III

Enya Hangan

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

Kakogawa Honzo

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

Ono Sadakur˘

Nakamura Tsuruz˘

Sagisaka Bannai

Arashi Kangor˘ I

Owashi Bungo

The series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this series.

 

Act: 1 (prologue, 序幕)

Description: Governor Ko Moronao (高師直, in black) and Enya Hangan (桃之井若狭之助, in yellow)

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

 

Act: 2

Description: Rikiya and Konami (daughter of Honz˘, fiancÚe of Rikiya)

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Sh˘shichi

 

 

Act: 3

Description: Kakogawa Honz˘ (right, 加古川á 本蔵) and Enya Takasada (left, 塩冶 判官)

Publisher: No seal

 

 

 

Act: 4

Description: ďboshi Yuranosuke and his son Rikiya

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

 

Act: 5

Description: Ono no Sadakur˘ robbing Yoichibei

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

 

Another state of the above print

 

Yet another state without a publisherĺs seal

 

Act: 7

Description: Yuranosuke and O-Karu

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

 

Act: 9

Description: Konami and her mother Tonase

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

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