Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Niekawa, Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido Road

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

Series: Sixty-nine Stations of Kisokaido Road (Kisokaido Rokuju-kyu Tsugi no Uchi)

Title: 34. Niekaw-juku in Shinano Province (34. Niekawa – Takeuchi no Sukune, Umashiuchi no Sukune)

Publisher: Kagaya Yasubei

Published: 1852

Dimensions: 36.1 x 24.5 cm


The legendary figure of Takenouchi no Sukune is said to be a direct descendant of Japan’s earliest imperial family. He was known as a saniwa, a spirit medium able to receive oracles from the gods. The mystery surrounding his character is emphasised by his alleged long life: various sources and tales speak of Takenouchi living up to three hundred years of age, thus serving the reigns of many emperors formative to the Japanese nation. Takenouchi was once accused of treason to which he underwent a trial of boiling water to prove his unwavering loyalty. In Japan today, he is still enshrined as a kami, a shinto god, representative of good health and longevity.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title Niekaw-juku in Shinano Province
Subject Samurai & Male, Landscapes
Condition Report Holes from previous binding along right edge. 2 pinholes, bottom left. Slightly trimmed. Excellent impression and colour.
Dimensions 36.1 x 24.5 cm
Series Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road