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Okaru of Ichiriki

The Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Kanadehon Chūshingura) is the most famous play of revenge in the kabuki repertoire. Based on a historical vendetta and originally written in 1748 for the puppet theater, the story involves Lord En'ya Hangan, who is goaded into drawing his sword against a senior lord in the Shogun’s palace. He is forced to forfeit his lands and to commit ritual suicide, leaving his retainers, now masterless samurai (rōnin), to seek vengeance for his death. [Lesley Ham]

Kunisada I/Toyokuni III
Japanese, 1786–1865
Okaru of Ichiriki
1852
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
14 ½ x 10 1/8 in. (36.8 x 25.7 cm)
42 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (108.9 x 27.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 69.122.20