Rikiya to assassinate Honzo, number 9 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 Japanese paper

Set of 11

Overall: 9 3/16 × 13 5/8 in. (23.3 × 34.6 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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Not on view


Act 9: The Repentance of Honzo: When Konami arrives at the house of Rikiya, a heated argument breaks out between her mother, Tonase, and Rikiya’s mother, Oishi, concerning Tonase’s husband, Honz. Honz was present when Moronao was humiliating Lord En’ya and forcibly restrained En’ya when he attempted to kill Moronao. Oishi refuses to allow Rikiya to marry Konami, the daughter of the man who prevented En’ya from defending his honor. Honz arrives at the same time as Rikiya, just as Tonase and Oishi are about to come to blows. Both men take sides along family lines, and Rikiya easily kills Honz . It seems, however, that Honz, a battle-hardened samurai who could have easily overpowered the young and inexperienced Rikiya, intended to die all along. His willingness to die by Rikiya’s hand was an acknowledgment of his complicity in the fate that befell En’ya and his retainers. Honz atones for his actions by handing to Rikiya the one thing needed for the vendetta to succeed—a map of Moronao’s estate. The scene in the background shows Yuranosuke and Rikiya examining the map Honz provided.

From the 2019 exhibition Narratives in Japanese Woodblock Prints, guest curated by Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth

Course History

ARTH 62.3, Japanese Prints, Allen Hockley, Winter 2019

ARTH 62.30/ASCL 62.12, Japanese Prints, Allen Hockley, Spring 2022

Art History 62.30, Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages 62.12, Japanese Prints, Allen Hockley, Spring 2023

Art History 62.30, Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages 62.12, Japanese Prints, Allen Hockley, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

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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