Sawamura Tosshō in the role of Nan Yohei

Katsukawa Shunsho (Japanese, 1726-1792)

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沢村訥升 in the role of Nan Yohei 南与兵衛

Yohei is dressed for travel with leggings, a cape, a hat and his sword. His brawny shoulders surround his head. Newly appointed as a constable, Yohei is dismayed to learn the murderer he is pursuing is his stepmother's son, Chōgorō, who was forced to kill out of obligation (giri) to his patron. Torn between duty and his warm feelings for mother and son, Yohei eventually allows Chōgorō to escape.

Object Information

artist
Katsukawa Shunsho (Japanese, 1726-1792)
creation date
1834
materials
color woodblock print, ink on paper
dimensions
14-7/8 x 10-3/8 in.
accession number
31.269
credit line
Daniel P. Erwin Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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