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Chushingura: Act IX of The Storehouse of Loyalty

Chushingura: Act IX of The Storehouse of Loyalty

late 1790s
(Japanese, c. 1754–1806)
Sheet: 36.6 x 26.1 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view


Stage version: In this dramatic scene depicted in Masayoshi’s stage version (see Chushingura: Perspective Picture for the "Treasure House of Loyalty" [1985.338.9]), Tonase prepares to kill her daughter Tonami with her husband’s sword and then to commit suicide. The dire moment results from the humiliating rejection of her daughter’s marriage contract. Fortunately, her husband, Honzo, dressed as an itinerant Buddhist priest, appears just in time to stop the tragedy. Parody print: In the parody print, Utamaro turned this dramatic event into a scene of domesticity in which the mother brushes her daughter’s hair. An itinerant priest, wearing a deep-brimmed basket hat, reads to them from the gate.
  • (sale: Walpole Galleries, 1921, lot 317)
    (Yamanaka & Co.)
  • Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; December 12, 2004- April 10, 2005. "Visions of Japan: Prints and Paintings from Cleveland Collections".
    Transformations in Japanese Printmaking. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 25-December 30, 1984).
    Cleveland Museum of Art, 1977: In the Nature of Materials - Japanese Decorative Arts.
  • {{cite web|title=Chushingura: Act IX of The Storehouse of Loyalty|url=false|author=Kitagawa Utamaro|year=late 1790s|access-date=30 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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