Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Faithful Samurai, Enya Hangan Tadamasa
Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: 39. Enya Hangan Tadamasa
Series: Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
Condition: Paper partially thinned. Some corners and sides backed. Minor foxing and tears. Pinholes. Faint stains.
Dimensions: 24.7 x 35.6 cm
Based on the historical figure Lord Asano, Takasada grips his dotted robe and stares threateningly before him. While attending an ambassadorial banquet, he was manipulated by the samurai Moronao and subsequently drew his blade in the Shogun's castle. Such an act was an offence punishable by ritual suicide known as seppuku. The event sparked the entire revenge tale of the forty seven ronin, a historical incident that has given way to a wealth of art, drama and literature. The scale and dedication of Takasada's followers testifies to the benevolent and courteous nature constituting his personality; he treated those around him with a particular kindness which the ronin could not forget. With back turned toward the view, Takasada's aggressive pose is accentuated by the dramatic folds in his garments. Known as a naga-bakama, these long robes were allegedly designed to restrain movement, preventing any potential scuffles or assassination attempts in imperial or shogunal quarters.
|Artist Name||Kuniyoshi Utagawa|
|Title||39. Enya Hangan Tadamasa|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Condition Report||Paper partially thinned. Some corners and sides backed. Minor foxing and tears. Pinholes. Faint stains.|
|Dimensions||24.7 x 35.6 cm|
|Series||The Faithful Samurai|