by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
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Comments - Terrific four panel paper model set depicting Act 3 from the classic kabuki play "Kanadehon Chushingura," based on the true story of the 47 ronin. Act 3 shows the quarrel in the Imperial Palace between Lord Hangan and Lord Moronao, where Lord Hangan strikes Lord Moronao with his sword, an offense punishable by death. The principal actors are identified with name cartouches, and include Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Shikan. The figures include Hangan waving his sword above his head as a retainer tries to restrain him, Moronao tumbling backwards onto the floor, and a host of noblemen rushing towards the confrontation. The setting includes an elegantly decorated room in the palace, plus an exterior fenced courtyard with blossoming cherry trees. A fantastic, complete uncut paper model set from this timeless tale.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel approximately 13 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Four separate panels. Light horizontal centerfold. Binding hole in top corner of each panel, as is common with paper model sets. Small tear at edge, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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