Kuniyoshi Utagawa, 12 Signs of the Zodiac, Dog

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: Inu (Dog). Hata Rokurozaemon
Series: Japanese Heroes for the Twelve Signs
Publisher: Mikawaya Kihei
Date: 1854
Dimensions: 24 x 36 cm
Condition: Slightly trimmed. Pinhole.

For this series, Kuniyoshi designed 12 prints, each showing a sign of the Chinese zodiac. His focus was famous Japanese warriors, pairing them with signs that would characterise them. The twelve animals are in the astrological chart are rat, bull, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and boar. Beautifully designed, the series has a colourful cartouche with the name of the warrior and also the character of his corresponding sign.


In this print, the zodiacal sign of 'inu' (dog) is represented by Hata Rokurozaemon, a famous warrior and follower of Nitta Yoshisada. He carries the characteristic seven weapons, including swords and a long spear called naginata.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title Inu (Dog). Hata Rokurozaemon
Subject Samurai & Male, Animal & Birds
Dimensions 24 x 36 cm