The 47 Ronin, Act 1: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine: The Helmet Inspection, 1862

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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The 47 Ronin, Act 1: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine: The Helmet Inspection, 1862 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The 47 Ronin, Act 1: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine: The Helmet Inspection, 1862

Comments - Great triptych illustrating Act 1 from the "Kanadehon Chushingura," the kabuki play based on the famous tale of the 47 ronin. Lady Kaoyo has arrived at Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine to identify the helmet of a fallen samurai. She kneels at left as two retainers show her a helmet from among those in a wooden box nearby. Lord Moronao frowns down at her from upper right, wearing a voluminous black robe and tall court cap. Her husband, Lord Hangan sits below, his blue robe patterned with his crossed hawk feather crest. Lord Wakasanosuke watches from upper left with a sober expression, while the shogun eyes him from the center. From right, the actors are Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as En'ya Hangan and Nakamura Shikan IV as Ko no Moronao (R); Bando Kamezo I as Ashikaga Tadayoshi ko, with Arashi Kichiroku I (C); Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Momoi Wakasanosuke and Iwai Kumesaburo III as Kaoyo Gozen (L). According to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this scene is a mitate or imagined performance, meaning the actors did not actually appear in this play together. A handsome design with expressive figures and a nicely detailed setting. Includes burnishing on Moronao's black robe and the two black caps at right.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29" + left margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels. Horizontal and vertical folds. Loss at edge, wormholes, thinning along fold, repaired. Wrinkling throughout, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.

The 47 Ronin, Act 1: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine: The Helmet Inspection, 1862 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The 47 Ronin, Act 1: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine: The Helmet Inspection, 1862 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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