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Title

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

1986

Artist

Tsuruya Kōkei

Japan

1946 -

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → 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 Kōkei

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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