Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Faithful Samurai, Warrior, Oboshi Yuranosuke

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: 1. Oboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio
Series: Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
Date: 1847-1848
Condition report: Some corners and edges backed. Minor crease marks. Pinholes. Some faint stains.
Dimensions: 24.8 x 35.6 cm

The accompanying text to this first instalment of Kuniyoshi's Faithful Samurai series states the noble man portrayed here as the very incarnation of heroism itself. Readying his men to enact vengeance for their lord, the warrior Ōboshi prepares to signal the attack on the Moranao mansion with the beat of a war drum. Ōboshi faithfully served Lord Asano before he was committed to death by ritual suicide after a calculated plot by Moranao. Seeing through the deception, Ōboshi gathered other loyal retainers to carry out a revenge mission, knowing full well the repercussions of the law: seppuku, or self disembowelment, permitted to the samurai class in the same lieu as Lord Asano. In a moment of tension which has finally reached its peak velocity after years of planning, Ōboshi looks to his right in a dignified manner as he prepares to sound the signal.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title 1. Oboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 24.8 x 35.6 cm
Series The Faithful Samurai
Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke