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Parody of act VII of the play "Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Chushingura)"

A work made of color woodblock print; hashira-e.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; hashira-e.


c. 1782


Torii Kiyonaga
Japanese, 1752-1815

About this artwork

This print is another parody of the scene in Act VII where a young man reads a long letter on the veranda of a pleasure house. Above him, on a balcony, a courtesan of the house reads the coded letter by looking into a small mirror. Below, the matron of the house crawls out from under the veranda and calls out to the young man. This “tall” episode from the play easily lent itself to the form of the pillar print, earning its name because it could be mounted on the narrow pillars in Edo homes.


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Arts of Asia


Torii Kiyonaga


Parody of act VII of the play "Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Chushingura)"


Japan (Artist's nationality)




Color woodblock print; hashira-e


69.6 × 12.7 cm (27 7/16 × 5 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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