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.

 

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura), Act  1, Ichikawa Ebizo V as Moronao

 

Act: 1 Introduction (Daijo, 大序)

Actor: Ichikawa Ebizō V as Ko no Moronao

Inset: Actors as Momonoi Waka-no-suke and Kaoyo-gozen

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura), Act  2, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Momonoi Wakasanosuke (Alt

 

Act: 2 (Ni dan me, 二段目)

Actor: Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Momonoi Wakasanosuke

Inset: Actors as Rikiya (son of Oboshi Yuranosuke) and Konami

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura), Act  2, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Momonoi Wakasanosuke

 

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura), Act  3, Bando Shucho I as Okaru

 

Act: 3 (San dan me, 三段目)

Actor: Bandō Shūchō I as Okaru

Inset: Probably Kempachi

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura), Act  4, Iwai Kumesaburo III as Oboshi Rikiya,100-1451

 

Act: 4 (Shi 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

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura), Act  5, Arashi Kichisaburo III as Ono no Sadakurō

 

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: 6 (Roku dan me, 六段目)

Actor: Hayano Kanpei holding a gun

Inset: Actor as Konami

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura), Act  7, Ichikawa Kodanji IV asTeraoka Heiemon) and Bandō Shūka I as (Okaru)

 

Act: 7 (Nana dan me, 七段[])

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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