Act XI. Third Episode
Artist: Hiroshige, Utagawa (1797-1858)
Title: Act XI. Third Episode. Ronin capturing Moronao and then beheading him
Series: The Loyal League of the 47 Ronin
Japanese Series: Chushingura (16 prints)
Date: Edo Period
The Ronin, having taken Moronao by surprise, capture him and take him out barefoot into the snow. Oboshi offers Moronao Lord Enya’s sword and he is invited to have an honourable death by committing seppuku (ritual suicide) with it. Moronao refuses and is decapitated.