Kuninao - Two series of Chushingura perspective prints

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Posted by Guy Pepermans on June 07, 2003 at 21:41:53:

Hello to you all,

I have two prints by Utagawa Kuninao (1793-1854), both depicting Act 2 of the Chushingura.

- The first print in aiban format, looks older and somewhat less elaborated. It was published by 'Bunjud˘', so it must be anterior to 1820. I'm not able to read the full heading (Title 1).
- The second print in ˘ban format is titled 'Uki-e Chushingura' (Title 2) and has a prominent black border with the 'tomo-e'-crest of Yuranosuke in it. This broad black border is a bit reminiscent to Eisen's series of the 'Kandehon Chushingura'. This print was published by 'Eijud˘.

Censor's seals on both prints or series are lacking.

I'd like to learn more about the two series so if someone can help me with the dating and has more deails, please let me know.
Thanks in advance.


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