About this artwork
This is a fictional episode added to heighten the play’s suspense. During a heavy rainstorm in the mountains near Kyoto, an old peasant kneels and begs for mercy. On the right, Sadakuro, the son of Kudayu and a spy for Kira, is shown shabbily dressed in black, carrying a tattered umbrella. Sadakuro snatches the old man’s purse from the cord around his neck and kills him with the sword. The heavy rain in the image identifies the early date of the print, for printers failed to use the carved woodblocks that added rain to the image in later editions of the print.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of Asia
- Utagawa Hiroshige
- Act 5 (Godanme), from the series "Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chushingura)"
- Color woodblock print; oban
- 25.5 × 38.3 cm (10 1/16x 15 1/6 in.)
- Frederick W. Gookin Collection