Twelve Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura

(Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura, 十二段賣假名手本挑燈蔵)

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

1852

 

This series combines large bust portraits of actors with figures composed of lanterns in rectangular inserts.  It is listed as number 218 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.

 

Act: 1

Actor: Ichikawa Ebizō V as Moronao

 

Act: 2

Actor: Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Momonoi Wakasanosuke

 

Another state of the above design

 

Act: 3

Actor: Bandō Shūchō I as Okaru

 

Act: 4 (Yon dan me, 四段目)

Actor: Iwai Kumesaburō III as Ōboshi Rikiya

Inset: Seki Sanjūrō as Ōboshi Yuranosuke holding a closed fan and an unidentified actor

 

Act: 5 (Go dan me, 五段目)

Actor: Arashi Kichisaburō III as Ono no Sadakurō

Inset: The farmer Yoichibei in a straw hat

 

Act: 7

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Teraoka Heiemon (寺岡平右衛門) 

Inset: Bandō Shūka I as Okaru (お軽)

 

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