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Ukie Chushingura Act 6

Size: 23.5cm by 35.5cm (9.25 in by 13.98 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Katsukawa Shunsen

Era: Edo | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 22,000$ 200.00£ 140.00€ 165.00

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Description: This is one of the oldest prints we have here at the Mokuhankan, dating from around 1810.

This is one print from the "Uki-e Chushingura" series by Katsukawa Shunsen (also known as Shunkō II). The popularity of the Chushingura play led to its adaptation for the kabuki stage, and it is presumed that a kabuki version of the work was the basis for this particular set of prints. This print shows Act 6 of the play.

Uki-e, "perspective picture", refers to a genre of ukiyo-e that employs western conventions of linear perspective. Although they never constituted more than a minor genre, pictures in perspective were drawn and printed by Japanese artists from their introduction in the late 1730s through to the mid-nineteenth century.

There are a few creases, a couple of patches, and two holes to this antique print, as you can see in the image.

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