The 47 Ronin, Act 6: The Yamazaki Highway

Hiroshige 

 

Hiroshige did several series of "The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers" (Chushingura), the famous tale of the 47 ronin. Issued by the publisher Marusei between 1847 and 1852, this series is less well documented than some of Hiroshige's other ronin designs and is not commonly seen. The publisher's seal appears only on Act 1 of the series. Attractively colored and composed with large figures and nicely detailed settings, these handsome prints depict both dramatic and quiet moments from this classic story of honor and revenge. These prints feature a blue and white dogtooth border with the circular inverted comma crest of Oboshi Yuranosuke, the leader of the ronin. A rarely seen series and a nice choice for a collector interested in the samurai tradition.

 

Condition: Margins as shown, very good condition, not backed. 

Date: 1847-52

Publisher: Marusei

 

https://www.hiroshige.org.uk/Historical_Series/Historical_Series.htm#Chushingura_1847_52

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