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Title

Nakamura Tomijūrō V as Kō no Moronao in Act 3 of ‘Kanadehon Chūshingura’


Artist

TSURUYA Kôkei

Japan

1946 -


About

This print is based on the play Chûshingura or the Loyal 47 retainers, which is arguably the most popular and best loved story in Japanese history. Kôno Moronao who is depicted in this print, is the most hated of its characters. In Act Three, Kôno, who has been rejected by the wife of Enya, his collegue who is too upright to appease Kôno with gifts or any other forms of flattery, provokes Enya so badly that he draws his sword within the castle - a strictly prohibited act. In the following acts, Enya is ordered to kill himself and his fief confiscated. Enya's chamberlain and other 46 of the now masterless retainers plan a revenge, and succeeds in killing Kôno in the last act.

Tsuruya Kôkei was the official artist for the Kabuki Theatre.

Asian Art Dept, AGNSW, August 1999.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1986


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut with mica


Edition

29/54


Dimensions

38.9 x 25.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated in Japanese, upper part of image [incised on block] "Shôwa 61 nen 9 gatsu kinsei ... Tsuruya Kôkei [Respectfully made in September 1986 Tsuruya Kôkei]" [and two artist's seals]".


Credit

Bequest of Kenneth Myer 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

159.1999


Artist information

TSURUYA Kôkei

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 7. cat.no. 1.49