Genuine Eisen Woodblock - Chushingura Act II
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: item # 53011
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Floating World Gallery
1925 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Original 19th century Japanese woodblock print by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), depicting Act II of the Chushingura, commonly known as "Momoikan, Striking the Pine". The color and condition of the print are very good, and it is not backed. The image measures 8 by 13 inches, plus margins.
Oboshi Rikiya attends the next morning’s castle attendance session of Momoi’s chief retainer Kakogawa Honzo as a messenger from Momoi. Honzo’s daughter Konami is Rikiya’s betrothed. Her mother Tonase’s plotting allows a meeting between Konami and Rikiya. Then Wakasanosuke makes his intent to kill Moronao known to Honzo. Honzo understands his lord’s determination and shows his agreement by striking a pine branch with his sword, growing all the more fervent. The print shows Honzo in the garden striking a pine branch with his short sword.