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Act Nine
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Act Nine, 1847–1853, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Chūshingura (Story of Forty-Seven Rōnin)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 153 x 212 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 6 x 8 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 171 x 228 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 9 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7451

Tonase (left) is about to kill her daughter, kneeling in front, with a sword. At right, a passing shikuhachi playing komusō, who is her husband Honzō in disguise. Snowscene with road, garden, and interior. Sawtooth border.