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Maker(s):Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Culture:Japanese (1786-1864)
Title:Daiju [Act 10], from the series Chuyu gishin roku [Record of the Loyal Retainers]
Date Made:ca. 1850
Materials:Color woodblock print (woodcut) on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mount: 14 in x 18 in; 35.6 cm x 45.7 cm; Sheet: 9 15/16 in x 14 3/16 in; 25.2 cm x 36 cm; Image: 9 1/16 in x 13 13/16 in; 23 cm x 35.1 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Chuyu gishin roku daiju]; SIGNATURE: recto, ctr. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kunisada sha Toyokuni hitsu]; INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Eikyudo shin zuri]; SEAL: recto, upp. ctr. (black ink): [Japanese character, Yoshimura]; SEAL: recto, upp. ctr. (black ink): [Japanese character, Muramatsu]
Accession Number:  MH 1949.36.Q.RII
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

A vertical kabuki scene: a party of samurai, all dressed in black and red outfits with swords, goes through a red gate and enters the grounds of a residence; some of the samurai carry a norimono ("vehicle"); two samurai to the right raise their swords to attack a central figure dressed in grey and red kimono, bare feet; a white stonehouse with a "ama" mark in the background; to the right, a man in blue kimono bears a kid on his back and witnesses the scene.

Ukiyo-e; samurai; kabuki; swords; architecture

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