Comic Paper Lantern Chűshingura

(D˘ke Ch˘chingura, 道外てうちんぐら)

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

c. 1830

 

This series portrays scenes from the kabuki play Kanadehon Chűshingura with paper lanterns in place of the actorsĺ heads.á However, the lanterns resemble well-known actors of the day.á Ch˘chin (lanterns) is substituted for chűshin (loyalty) in the title.á This changes Chűshingura (A Treasury of Loyalty) to Ch˘chingura (A Treasury of Lanterns).á The series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The images are each about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters), a size known as chűban.á Two images were printed on a sheet of paper about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

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Act: 1

 

Act: 2

 

Act: 3

 

Act: 4

 

 

Act: 5

 

Act: 6

 

This chűban print was published by Iba-ya Kyűbei and has a similar cartouche.á It portrays Act 8 of the kabuki play Kanadehon Chűshingura.á

 

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