The Chushingura is a tale set in the Edo period (1615-1868). It was written about 1748 for the puppet theater but is now most famous as a Kabuki play. It recalls an incident that took place on the night of January 30, 1703, in which the retainers of the disgraced Lord Asano Naganori broke into the mansion of their archenemy Lord Kira Yoshinaka and murdered him. The vendetta completed on their lord’s false accuser, the forty-seven ronin (masterless samurai) were arrested and sentenced to death. Because of their sense of duty to their lord, the Shogun permitted the brave warriors the honor of death by harakiri (ritual suicide).
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- Titles Act 12, from the series 12 Acts of New Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Proper)@新はん忠臣蔵十二だん續 「忠臣蔵十二段目」 (Proper)@Scene 12, New Tales of the Forty-seven Ronin (Shimpan Chushingura) (Former title)
- Artist Ichiryusai Kuniteru, Japanese, active 1830 - 1850
- Medium ink and color on paper
- Dimensions 6 1/2 x 9 in. (16.5 x 22.9 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Charles C. Bennett, 1997.118.12
- Work Type woodblock print
- Classification Prints
- Signature Recto, printed in red cartouche, lower left: Yoshifuji paints (芳藤画, Yoshifuji ga)
- Marks Recto, seals of censors, bottom right: aratame, Tiger 1 (改、寅正) [right to left] Recto, printed in yellow cartouche, lower left on border: Bun / Tsujiokaya (文 / 辻岡屋板)
- Inscription Recto, printed in red cartouche, top right: Act 12 of Treasury of Loyal Retainers (忠臣蔵十二段目, Chūshingura Jūnidanme)