Imperial Castle of Yenya, Lady Kawoyo interviews her retainers, number 3 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 3/8 × 13 1/16 in. (23.8 × 33.2 cm)

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



Asia, East Asia, Japan


19th century

Object Name




Not on view

Course History

ARTH 62.3, Japanese Prints, Allen Hockley, Winter 2019

Exhibition History

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

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

Act 3: The Quarrel of En’ya and Moronao: The melee in the background depicts the shogun’s troops running to the scene of En’ya’s assault of Moronao. In the foreground, Bannai, the chief retainer of Moronao, confronts Kampei, Lord En’ya’s youngest retainer. Kabuki audiences loved this verbal altercation because of the escalating round of insults the two men traded. Kampei was assigned the task of seeing to his master’s needs as he attended to his duties in the capital. At the moment when En’ya drew his sword and attacked Moronao, Kampei was with Okaru, one of Lady Kaoyo’s maids, to whom he was betrothed. Kampei and his ill-fated love with Okaru provides a subplot that illustrates the consequences of a samurai’s neglect of his duty.


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

Old Number

Formerly, PR.975.20

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