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Ni (Act 2)
  • Utagawa Kuniaki II
    1835–1888
    active: Japan
  • Ni (Act 2), 1857, 4th month, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Kanadehon Chūshingura
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 219 x 344 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 5/8 x 13 1/2 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 219 x 344 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 5/8 x 13 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7734
Description

Combination of scenes one and two into one composition. Foreground, scene between Rikiya and Konami wtih Tonase overhearing. In the background scene, Honzō presents a pine branch to Wakasahosuke. Honzō has just cut off the branch with his fan (in some versions, small sword), to demonstrate to his master how he should deal with his premises. Chūshingura border.
Possibly to commemorate the staging of the Chūshingura at the Ichiwaya Theatre in Edo, 11.5.1858.