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Kanadehon Chushingura Act one: P.3195-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Kanadehon Chushingura Act one
E-kyodai Chushingura
Sibling pictures of the Chushingura


Designer: Kunisada, Utagawa




Colour print from woodblocks. Oban. 1830s. Signed: Kochoro Kunisada ga with double toshidama seal. Publisher's seal: Kikakudo (Sanoya Kihei). Censor's seal: kiwame.
From the series E-kyodai Chushingura (Sibling pictures of the Chushingura) in which scenes from the Kabuki play, Kanadehon Chushingura (Model for Kana Calligraphy: Treasury of the Forty Seven Loyal Retainers) are compared to women engaged in everyday life. In the background is the 'Helmet judging' scene (Kabuto aratame) at the Hachiman shrine in Kamakura. Lady Kaoyo holds the helmet given by the Emperor to the warrior Yoshisada, which she has identified from a choice of forty seven found on the battlefield where he was killed. The shogun wanted to make an offering of his enemy's helmet to the shrine. In the foreground a woman uncovers the usual New Year arrangement of lobster, bitter orange (yuzu), ferns and dwarf bamboo, echoing the depiction of the helmet in the background. The lobster is associated with honourable old age because its body is bent double.

Acquisition and important dates

(1999) by Unknown

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Components of the work

Sheet Height 373 mm Width 250 mm

Techniques used in production

Colour printing

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.3195-R
Primary reference Number: 96029
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 September 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 7 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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