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Edo, Snow at Honjo, Matsumura’s wife, Hayakawa Toemon’s daughter and Motojima Kazuzaemon

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
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)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.59


Alternate Title: Sestugekka: Edo, Honjo no yuki, Matsumura tsuma, Hayakawa Toemon musume, Motojima Kakuzaemon
Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 47 Edo, Snow at Honjo, Matsumura’s wife, Hayakawa Toemon’s daughter and Motojima Kazuzaemon

Commentary
No. 47. Back to back print with 93.6.58.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Medium
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
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.

Publisher
Kobayashi Testujiro

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