Select Chūshingura

(Mitate Chōshingura (sic), 見立挑灯蔵)

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

c. 1854

 

The series shows beautiful women in circumstances that suggest chapters of the kabuki play, “Kanadehon Chūshingura”.  It is unusual in that different scripts are used in the title cartouche, next to the paper lantern.  The series is listed as number 54 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban.  I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this series.

 

Act: Prologue (Daijo, 大序)

Description: Woman holding a paper samurai helmet up out of reach of a child, who holds onto her robes and reaches towards her. A courtier’s hat with a paulownia crest is on the floor.

Lantern: Kira Yoshinaka

 

 

Act 2

 

Act 3

 

Act 4

 

Act 5

 

Act 6

 

Act 7

 

Act 8

 

Act 9

 

Act 10

 

Act 11

 

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