Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Asai Nakamasa, Heroes of the Grand Pacification

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861)
Title: Asai Bizen-no kami Nakamasa
Series: Heroes of the Grand Pacification
Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi
Date: c. 1848 - 1849
Size: 24.7 x 34.8 cm
Condition: Darkened edges and spots throughout the print. Wormholes on the top right corner. Pinholes along the right-hand side edge. Faint crease marks around the warriors and on the bottom left corner. Paper slightly trimmed.

Asai Nagamasa in full military equipment is sitting on a campstool covered with a tiger's pelt. He is bent forward and is drawing his sword out. Another warrior sits by Asai and presents him a severed head on a wooden platter. Holding a brush in his right hand, he will make a record of the events on the sheet of paper at his feet. The scene seems to be taking place in a military camp and vividly shows the grim reality of war.


Kuniyoshi's series 'Heroes of the Grand Pacification' consists of fifty vertical oban format prints. Each print is signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga (drawn by Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi). The artist's paulownia leaf and flower seal is printed in red under his signature. The subject is named in large characters in the upper right hand corner of each print. A biographical note fills the upper portion of each print.

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Print Format Other
Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title Asai Bizen-no kami Nakamasa
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 24.7 x 34.8 cm
Series Heroes of the Grand Pacification
Publisher Yamamoto(ya) Heikichi