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Chushingura: Act X of The Storehouse of Loyalty

Chushingura: Act X 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

Description

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" (CMA 1985.338.10). 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.
  • 1921
    (The Walpole Galleries, New York, NY, 1921 sale, lot 318)
    ?–1921
    (Yamanaka & Co., New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1921–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Visions of Japan: Prints and Paintings from Cleveland Collections. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 12, 2004-April 10, 2005).
    Transformations in Japanese Printmaking. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 25-December 30, 1984).
    Japanese Woodblock Prints: Themes and Techniques. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (September 3-October 19, 1980).
    Exhibition of the Month: Ways of Drawing Nudes. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (January 30-June 6, 1945).
    Japanese Prints from the Museum Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 5-October 28, 1934).
  • {{cite web|title=Chushingura: Act X of The Storehouse of Loyalty|url=false|author=Kitagawa Utamaro|year=late 1790s|access-date=25 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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