Chushingura: Act X of The Storehouse of Loyalty

Chushingura: Act X of The Storehouse of Loyalty

late 1790s

Kitagawa Utamaro

(Japanese, 1753?-1806)

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



Stage Version
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"

Parody Print
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.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift from J. H. Wade

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