Comments - Handsome scene from Act 8 of the classic drama about the 47 ronin, "Kanadehon Chushingura" at the Naka Theater. At right, the leader of the ronin, Oboshi Yuranosuke, has just discovered the courtesan Okaru spying on him at the Ichiriki Teahouse while he read a secret message about the vendetta. He frowns angrily, a fan in one hand, offering to buy out Okaru's contract. At left, her brother Heiemon realizes that Yuranosuke intends to kill Okaru to keep the plan secret, so he asks Okaru to allow him to kill her himself, to save their family's honor, and she agrees. At this, Yuranosuke is convinced of their loyalty and stops them. Here, Heiemon watches the ronin with a worried frown as he kneels respectfully at left, his sword on the floor before him. The beauty looks over her shoulder with a slightly alarmed expression as she holds one end of her red obi. Curtains decorated with blossoms and swirling water line the back of the room. An attractive design with expressive figures.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 1/2"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal centerfold. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, small loss at corner, repaired. A few creases. Please see photos for details.
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