Ronin enter Sengakuji Temple to present the severed head at their master's grave
Act XI. Sixth Episode
Artist: Hiroshige, Utagawa (1797-1858)
Title: Act XI. Sixth Episode. Ronin enter Sengakuji Temple to present the severed head at their master’s grave
Series: The Loyal League of the 47 Ronin
Japanese Series: Chushingura (16 prints)
Date: Edo Period
As the sun rises, the Ronin pass through the torii gate towards the Sengakuji Temple to present the head of Moronao to Lord Enya’s grave. This is the final print relating to the last act of the play. The true life Ronin later committed seppuku (ritual suicide) at the temple. They are revered as national heroes and their clothing is preserved, along with their graves, as a memorial to them.