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Nakamura Kichiemon II as the footman Unpei

  • Description

    Kanadehon Chūshingura, or ‘The Revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin’, is one of the best known of all kabuki plays. It is based on the true story of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ‘rōnin’) after their lord was forced to commit ritual suicide (seppuku) for assaulting a court official. The rōnin avenged their master's honour after patiently waiting for two years to kill the official. The rōnin were then forced to commit seppuku themselves for committing murder. The story became hugely popular for the way it symbolized the values of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honour.

  • Details

    The Bride’s Journey
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (designer)
    Associated people
    Nakamura Kichiemon II (born 1944) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on ganpi paper
    print 39 x 25 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Philip Harris, 2010.
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