Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Chiba Saburobei Mitsutada, The Faithful Samurai
Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: Chiba Saburobei Mitsutada
Series: Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Size: 23.5 x 36.2 cm
Condition: Light wear and soiling, light stains, hole, tear restored on the right top corner.
The story of forty-seven retainers, also known as the story of the faithful samurai 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. Many woodblock prints depicting the subject were published during the Edo period, as it resonated with a population that often resented the government of the time and was avid for any form of retribution. Kuniyoshi was a master in the genre of warrior prints, and his series expressively portrays these warrior 'folk heroes' individually, with a background story and highlighting personality traits.
It is said that Chiba Saburobei Mitsutada inflicted many wounds on the enemy on the night of the attack. Even though he was a ronin, in avenging the death of his former master and sacrificing his life, he showed his true loyalty and devotion.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Kuniyoshi Utagawa|
|Title||Chiba Saburobei Mitsutada|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||23.5 x 36.2 cm|
|Condition Report||Light wear and soiling, light stains, hole, tear restored on the right top corner.|