Act IV, from Treasury of the Loyal Retainers

A work made of color woodblock print; oban.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; oban.

Date:

c. 1801/02

Artist:

Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿
Japanese, 1753 (?)-1806

About this artwork

This is a gentle parody (mitate) of an imaginary scene from Act IV of the play. The inset at the upper right shows Kuranosuke, Lord Asano’s chamberlain and leader of the retainers, presenting a basket of flowers to Lady Kaoyo in condolence for her husband’s ritual suicide. The main image illustrates preparations for a moon-viewing party: pampas grasses and chrysanthemums are being arranged, and decorated sake bottles will be presented to the gods.

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Artist

Kitagawa Utamaro

Title

Act IV, from Treasury of the Loyal Retainers

Origin

Japan

Date

1796–1807

Medium

Color woodblock print; oban

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1925.3080

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