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Maker(s):Utagawa Hiroshige I; Yamaguchiya Tōbei (Kinkōdō) (publisher)
Culture:Japanese (1797-1858)
Title:Nidanme [Act II], from the series Chūshingura [Storehouse of loyal retainers]
Date Made:late 18th-early 19th century
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mount: 13 1/4 in x 10 in; 33.7 cm x 25.4 cm; Sheet/Image: 8 7/8 in x 4 7/16 in; 22.5 cm x 11.3 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Chūshingura nidanme]; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Hiroshige ga]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kiwame]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [A thick vertical stroke with a circular point to the right]
Accession Number:  MH 1949.12.Q.RII
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

This is a narrow, vertical print originally printed as the middle image of a set of three prints, representing Acts I, II and III of the play Chūshingura (Storehouse of loyal retainers), on a full-sized horizontal sheet (ōban yoko-e). The scene here shows Honzō, seated on the veranda by a paper lantern, drawing his sword and ready to cut off a limb of the large pine to the right, Wakasanosuke, swearing revenge on their enemy Moronao, observes.

Ukiyo-e; samurai; loyalty

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