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Act 5 (Godanme), from the series "Storehouse of 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

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Utagawa Hiroshige

Title

Act 5 (Godanme), from the series "Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chushingura)"

Date

1829–1844

Medium

Color woodblock print; oban

Dimensions

25.5 × 38.3 cm (10 1/16x 15 1/6 in.)

Credit Line

Frederick W. Gookin Collection

Reference Number

1939.1327

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