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
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"
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.
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