Twelve Acts of the Lantern Chűshingura

(Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Ch˘chingura, 十二段續假名手本挑燈蔵)

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

1852

 

This series combines large bust portraits of actors with figures composed of paper lanterns in rectangular inserts.á It is listed as number 218 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The series title uses ch˘chingura (挑燈蔵) instead of chűshingura (忠臣蔵).á This is a pun, as ch˘chingura can mean either lantern treasury or storehouse.á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this section.

 

 

Act: 1 Introduction (Daijo, 大序)

Actor: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Ko no Moronao

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

 

Another state of the above design with the inset having a purple background

 

Another state of the above design with the inset having a blue-grey background

 

Act: 2 (Ni dan me, 二段目)

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Momonoi Wakasanosuke

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

 

Another state of the above design

 

Act: 3 (San dan me, 三段目)

Actor: Band˘ Shűch˘ I as Okaru

Inset: Probably Kempachi

 

Act: 4 (Shi dan me, 四段目)

Actor: Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as ďboshi Rikiya

Inset: Seki Sanjűr˘ as ďboshi Yuranosuke holding a closed fan and an unidentified actor

 

Another state of the above design without any purple

 

Act: 5 (Go dan me, 五段目)

Actor: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Ono no Sadakur˘

Inset: The farmer Yoichibei in a straw hat

 

Another state of the above design

 

Act: 6 (Roku dan me, 六段目)

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hayano Kanpei holding a gun

Inset: Actor as Konami

Kuniyoshi -  12 Acts of the Lantern Chűshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chűshingura), Act  7, Ichikawa Kodanji IV asTeraoka Heiemon) and Band˘ Shűka I as (Okaru)

 

Act: 7 (Nana dan me, 七段[])

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

Inset: Band˘ Shűka I as Okaru (お軽)

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