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Act Seven, undercover at brothel
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Act Seven, undercover at brothel, 1840s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Chūshingura (Story of Forty-Seven Rōnin)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7434

Horizontal townscape composition. Open sided buildings fill the right half of the work, a garden fills the left half. Border with white comma pattern on black. At the right, Yuranosuke walks blindfolded down a flight of steps, one courtesan behind him, three stand on the ground at the left, clapping. From act seven in the play (p. 106, 1971 Donald Keene translation), where Yuranosuke enters the scene, enticed by courtesans singing, "Come where my hands clap, hands clap, hands clap," and he enters intoxicated, to later speak with Jūtarō and Yatarō.