Edo, Snow at Honjo, Matsumura’s wife, Hayakawa Toemon’s daughter and Motojima Kazuzaemon
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Edo, Snow at Honjo, Matsumura’s wife, Hayakawa Toemon’s daughter and Motojima Kazuzaemon, 03/11/1885
Ink on Paper
12 3/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (323.85 mm x 209.55 mm)
No. 47. Back to back print with 93.6.58.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.
The wife of Matsumura and the daughter of Hayakawa have joined a night attack on the Honjo mansion of Kira Yoshinaka, the climax of a vendetta when the followers of Asano Naganori sought revenge for the humiliation of Asano by Kira. Asano, Lord of Ako, was obliged to suicide. These dramatic events of 1703 became the basis for many kabuki plays, including the most famous one Kanadehon Chushingura (Model for Emulation, Treasury of the Loyal Retainers).
Inset: Ako clan warrior Oishi Kuranosuke watching the scene.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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