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Chushingura: Act X of The Storehouse of Loyalty

Chushingura: Act X of The Storehouse of Loyalty

late 1790s

Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿

(Japanese, c. 1754–1806)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 36.6 x 26.1 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1921.358



Stage version: The hero Gohei bravely plants himself on a chest of armor and weapons to prevent government officials from discovering them before they are smuggled out of the house. He holds off the officials by claiming that the chest contains personal belongings of the lady of the house. Exposing these items would bring her humiliation and dishonor. See Chushingura: Perspective Picture for the "Treasure House of Loyalty" (CMA 1985.338.10). Parody print: Utamaro converted this moment of lofty bravery into one of humor. A drunkard guards a cask of sake to prevent the maid from opening it.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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Gift from J. H. Wade

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