Artist: Natori Shunsen (名取春仙)

Print: Kataoka Nizaemon XI [片岡仁左衛門] as Kakogawa Honzō [九段目本蔵] from Act 9 of the Chūshingura from the series Portriats of Male Actors in Various Roles [創作版画 春仙似顔集]

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Dates: created,1926
Dimensions: 10.5 in,15.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Kachijōsai Shunsen ga
Seal: Shun
Publisher's seal: Watanabe-kō (渡辺工)
Artist's seal in lower left margin: Natori

Related links: Harvard Art Museums; Waseda University; National Gallery of Australia;

Physical description:

This print is from an edition of 150.

There is another copy of this print in the Toledo Museum of Art.

Kakogawa Honzō is a figure from the Kanadehon Chūshingura ('Treasury of Loyal Retainers'). Honzō is described as 'wise and moderate', but he is the retainer of 'the impetuous Wakasanosuke'.



1. In color in Stars of the Tokyo Stage by Lucie Folan, et al., p. 79.

2. In a small black and white reproduction in Modern Japanese Prints by Dorothy Blair, #138.

3. In color reproduction in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, p. 184. This book says the signature reads: Bichōsai Shunsen. This differs from what other authors say.


There are other copies of this print in the Toledo Museum of Art, the Chazen Art Museum and the Pacific Art Museum.