Untitled series of the Chūshingura performed by bats

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburō

1849-1852

 

In this series, recognizable scenes from the kabuki play, Kanadehon Chūshingura are performed by bats.  The series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The images are each about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters), a size known as chūban.  Two images were printed on a sheet of paper about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban.

 

Acts I (top) and II (bottom)

 

Acts III (top) and IV (bottom)

 

 

 

Acts V (top) and VI (bottom)

    “Robinson” refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). 

 

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