Honzo cutting off a branch of the pine tree at Lord Moronao's castle. "So let the enemies of my lord perish by his hand.", number 2 from the series The Loyal League of Forty-seven Ronin (Uki-E Chushingura)

Katsukawa Shunsen, Japanese, about 1762 - 1830


after 1806

Color woodblock print on paper

Set of 11

Overall: 9 7/16 × 12 15/16 in. (24 × 32.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Claire E. and Dr. Frederick R. Mebel, Class of 1935



Place Made: Japan, East Asia, Asia


19th century

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Research Area


Not on view

Course History

ARTH 62.3, Japanese Prints, Allen Hockley, Winter 2019

Exhibition History

Act 2: The Anger of Wakanosuke: Act 2 takes place at Date Wakanosuke’s estate. Outraged by Moronao’s attempt to seduce Lady Kaoyo, Wakanosuke vows to kill him. Wakanosuke’s senior retainer Honz , whose primary duty is to protect his young lord, fears that Wakanosuke will do something rash. Using the pretense of a lesson in swordsmanship, Honz cuts through the limb of a pine tree with Wakanosuke’s sword, knowing that pitch from the pine branch left on the blade will make it impossible for his lord to draw the sword from its scabbard. One of the play’s two romances is introduced in the background scene: Honz ’s daughter Konami meets her fiancé, Rikiya, who happens to be the son of Yuranosuke, the eventual leader of the 47 loyal retainers.

Narratives in Japanese Woodblock Prints, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 27-June 9, 2019.

Palmer Lounge Cases, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 1975.


Dr. Frederick Ronald Mebel (1913-1998) and Claire E. Mebel (1916-1994); Rockville Center, New York; given to present collection, 1975.

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