Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers)

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

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; chuban.

Date:

c. 1779/80

Artist:

Katsukawa Shunsho 勝川 春章
Japanese, 1726-1792

About this artwork

This scene introduces the classic theme of a young betrothed couple torn between their mutual love for each other and the family loyalties that divide them. The samurai is Rikiya, one of Lord Asano’s retainers and the son of Kuranosuke, Chamberlain and leader of the forty-seven samurai retainers. His betrothed is Konami, daughter of Honzo, a chief retainer to the shogun. As Rikiya delivers the message to Honzo‘s wife that the provincial Lords Asano and Wakasa must appear at the shogun’s court the next day, he (Rikiya) has the opportunity to see his beloved. The couple is too shy to make contact, however, and Rikiya leaves without speaking to Konami.

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Asian Art

Artist

Katsukawa Shunsho

Title

Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers)

Origin

Japan

Date

1774–1785

Medium

Color woodblock print; chuban

Dimensions

26.6 x 19.5 cm (10 1/2 x 7 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1939.2119

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