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Kabuki Play "Kagekiyo"

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Chikanobu Toyohara, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Kabuki Play "Kagekiyo", 1882
ink and colors on paper
14 3/16 x 28 in. (36 x 71 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2016.1.11

A kabuki scene. The Ronins found the enemy Moronao hiding in a coal shack.
"Kanadehon Chushingura" was the theatrical version of the Ako Incident of 1701-03. The vendetta story had been very popular; it became the Japan's national legend. The numerous artworks and spin-off stories have been made about the revenge and loyalty of the 47 Ronin.

Right to left: Nakamura, Ichikawa Danjuro IX, Arashi Rikan IV

The work is signed, "Yoshu Chikanobu."

ink and colors on paper

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