Kunimasa II Utagawa, After the Night Attack, Story of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Artist: Kunimasa II Utagawa (1823-1880)
Title: After the Night Attack
Series title: Story of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo
Size: (L) 37.9 x 25.7 (C) 37.6 x 25.5 (R) 37.8 x 25.5 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Kanadehon Chushingura, the story of forty-seven retainers, is one of the greatest tales about loyalty and revenge in Japanese history. It is closely based on a historical event from the eighteenth century.
While preparing for the visit of the Emperor's ambassador in Edo Castle, one of the noblemen, Lord Asano of Ako, provoked by the countless insults, drew his sword on the other lord wounding him considerably. However, as drawing a weapon in the palace was strictly prohibited, Lord Asano was sentenced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment). His property was confiscated and his samurai dismissed, making them ronin, or masterless warriors. Thereafter, the ronin avenged their master by killing the enemy and putting his head on the grave of Lord Asano. The story ends with the honourable death by seppuku of the faithful samurai.
Toyokuni IV Utagawa (Kunisada II)
|Artist||Toyokuni IV Utagawa (Kunisada II)|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||(L) 37.9 x 25.7 (C) 37.6 x 25.5 (R) 37.8 x 25.5 cm|
|Condition Report||Horizontal centrefolds, small thin areas, minor pinholes.|