Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Chiba Saburobei Mitsutada, The Faithful Samurai

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: Chiba Saburobei Mitsutada
Series: Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Ebiya-Rinnosuke
Date: 1847-1848
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.

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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.