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Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e

"Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10  November 25, 2015 (Wed) - December 23, 2015 (Wed)

  
Actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Oboshi Yuranosuke (detail), By Utagawa Toyokuni, Edo period, dated 1796

The raid carried out by the Loyal Retainers, popularly known as the “47 Ronin,” in order to avenge their master’s death became well known among the people of Edo (now Tokyo). The kabuki play The Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Kanadehon Chushingura) popularized this story and it became a typical feature of the end-of-the-year season. During this exhibition period, which is when the raid took place, we will display an 11-part series depicting this story by the ukiyo-e artist Katsukawa Shun’ei (1762-1819), in addition to woodblock prints inspired by the play.

Current exhibit includes:
Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): Act I, By Katsukawa Shun'ei, Edo period, 18th century
Actor Nakamura Noshio II as Okaru,
By Katsukawa Shun'ei, Edo period, dated 1795
Actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Oboshi Yuranosuke, By Utagawa Toyokuni, Edo period, dated 1796