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Gishi yo uchi rannyū no zu [The Night Attack (Scene 11)]
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    1797–1861
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Gishi yo uchi rannyū no zu [The Night Attack (Scene 11)], 1840s–1850s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Chūshingura (Story of the 47 Rōnin)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.4012.a,b
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Color print depicting the climactic battle scene in a snowy village setting. Over fourty retainers of Enya Hangan are at the mansion of Moronao in order to kill him and avenge Hangan's death (p. 175-176, 1971 Donald Keene translation). There are trees covered in snow throughout the composition, and there are many figures with weapons standing on the ground and on roofs of houses. Many of the figures are wearing similar uniforms, some in black and white robes, others in blue and peach-colored robes. There is a house in the left side of the print, upon the roof of which several figures are standing, and there is another snowy roof in the bottom right corner of the print. There is a bridge in the background, in the right side of the print.