Act 1 (Daijo), from the series "The Revenge of the Loyal Retainers (Chushingura)"

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. 1834/39

Artist:

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重
Japanese, 1797-1858

About this artwork

Hiroshige’s series of sixteen prints is the best known ukiyo-e of the Chushingura story. He increased the last act by illustrating six scenes, enhancing the dramatic impact of the end of the story. The publisher added a frame to each image, showing a repeat of Kuranosuke’s tomo-e (family crest): double commas within a circle. This was to honor the leader of the forty-seven ronin both in history and in the play. The frames also enhance the theatrical nature of each scene and make the viewer become the audience for scenes from the play. The artist also used perspective techniques employed in his famous Tokaido series of landscapes.

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Artist

Utagawa Hiroshige

Title

Act 1 (Daijo), from the series "The Revenge of the Loyal Retainers (Chushingura)"

Origin

Japan

Date

1829–1844

Medium

Color woodblock print; oban

Dimensions

26 x 37.7 cm (10 1/4 x 14 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Frederick W. Gookin Collection

Reference Number

1939.1322

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