Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Faithful Samurai, Masatane, Katana

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Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: 4. Fuwa Katsuemon Masatane
Series: Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
Date: 1847-1848
Dimensions: 35.6 x 24.8 cm
Condition: Some restored wormholes at the bottom, light creases, brown material mixed in the process of papermaking.

 

Over six feet tall, quick-tempered Masatane examines the cutting edge of his sword. As a samurai skilled at suemono-giri (now tameshi-giri, the art of cutting the body in two) he was discharged from his services after having tested his swordsmanship on a deceased person. However, when he heard about the death of his lord, he promised to apologise for the disgrace he had brought and swear loyalty to his late master. Only then was he allowed to join the attack of the enemy's mansion. Depicted with his weapons, Masatane is a suitable example of an expert of the Kurama Shindō school of swordsmanship.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title 4. Fuwa Katsuemon Masatane
Subject Samurai & Male
Condition Report Some restored wormholes at the bottom, light creases, brown material mixed in the process of papermaking.
Dimensions 35.6 x 24.8 cm
Series The Faithful Samurai
Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke