Hotei Japanese Prints
Act IV (Yodanme), Treasury of the Loyal Retainers (Chūshingura)
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
Very good impression, colour and condition, very slightly soiled towards the right margin
Signed 'Utamaro hitsu', published by Nishimura Yohachi
Two woman and a young man arranging flowers for the moon-viewing festival (Tsukimi): pampas grasses and chrysanthemums are being arranged, decorated sake bottles will be presented on a special altar to the gods.
This is a parody (mitate) of an imaginary scene from Act IV of the play. The inset at the upper right shows Kuranosuke, Lord Asano’s chamberlain and leader of the retainers, presenting a basket of flowers to Lady Kaoyo in condolence for her husband’s ritual suicide, Lord Enya Hangan.