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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Fan print of a courtesan with her child assistant -
the background is the Matsu kiri scene from Act 2
of the Chūshingura with Kakogawa Honzō lopping off a pine branch

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Dates: 1829,created
Dimensions: 11.5 in,8.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō
(Marks 127 - seal 08-067)
Date seal: 1829
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: British Museum - Hokusai version of background scene; Lyon Collection - Natori Shunsen portrait of Kakogawa Honzō;

Physical description:

"In the play [Chūshingura] Kakogawa Honzo [加古川本蔵] appears to support his master Momonoi Wakasanosuke's resolve to exact revenge on Moronao by violently slashing the branch off a nearby pine with Wakasanosuke's sword."

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Use the enlarging tool and look closely at the figure in the background and you will see that he has just cut the limb from the tree and it hasn't even hit the ground yet.