Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Parody of the Chūshingura in Lanterns (見立挑灯蔵): Act 11 (十一段目)

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Dates: circa 1846 - 1848,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor seals: Muramatsu and Yoshimura

Related links: Ritsumeikan University ; Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna;

Physical description:

There are 11 prints in this series corresponding to the 11 acts in the Chūshingura.


Notice the woman's robe has a pauwlonia or kiri pattern which mimics the artist's personal seal, but was also the crest of the arch-villain of the Chūshingura, Moronao. The figure in the lantern cartouche in the upper right is holding a lantern which he will need to use to see during the nighttime attack on Moronao's compound. (JSV)


The text above the woman and child reads:

幡の屋 すゝ払めざすかたきの胴あげを見つけ出したる明がたの空