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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
The Eleventh Act, Third Scene, 1849-1850
Ink on Paper
12 3/4 in. x 5 in. (32.39 cm x 12.7 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 2000.1.85


Full Title: The Treasury of Loyal Retainers: The Eleventh Act, Third Scene

Marks
Signed Hiroshige ga. Publisher's seal (Izumiya Ichibei?) and censer's seal (Kiwame).

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print; oban yoko-e.

Object Description
Ninteenth century Japanese color woodblock print depicting a group of samurai attacking an inn keeper. Act XI, Scene 3 shows the 47 Ronin finally capturing the enemy, Moronao. They were just about to give up searching for him when he was unexpectedly found hiding in a storage closet. When they killed him, the ronin cheered with excitement, wept and embraced each other and exclaimed, "We deserted our wives, we parted from our children, we left our aged parents uncared for, all to obtain this one head. What an auspicious day is this!"

Publisher
Izumiya Ichibei?

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