Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Faithful Samurai, Isoai Juroemon Masahisa

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: 10. Isoai Juroemon Masahisa
Series: Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
Date: 1847-1848
Dimensions: 24.8 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Minor wormhole restored. Some corners backed. Minor foxing and creases.


One of the legendary forty seven ronin, Masahisa wields his naginata blade in a dramatic battle stance. Along with the martial arts, warriors of the samurai class often incorporated other art forms into their training of bushidō [lit. the way of the warrior]. Masahisa followed this way of thought and was highly skilled in the koto, the Japanese zither, as well as calligraphy. These elegant past times gained him admiration on the night of the ronin's assassination plot when his comrades noticed a koto plectrum by his waste, showing him as a man of both physical and cultural prowess. In a graceful yet dynamic manner, Masahisa tilts backwards, his raised glaive striking upwards and across.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title 10. Isoai Juroemon Masahisa
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 24.8 x 35.7 cm
Series The Faithful Samurai
Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke