Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Faithful Samurai, Tadatoki, Warrior

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: 16. Nakamura Kansuke Tadatoki
Series: Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
Date: 1847-1848
Condition: Restored wormhole. Some minor stains. Pinhole.
Dimensions: 24.8 x 35.6 cm


Tadatoki effortlessly defends himself from a desperate attempt to stop his onslaught. A follower of the Akao, whose lord was wrongfully set up for execution, Tadatoki along with others moved to Edo to carefully construct the assassination attempt of their former lord's nemesis. There, the city provided cover for the warriors to gather intelligence through scouting and the arts, the latter being a means to make useful friends in the right circles for their cause. The ronin's sophistication in the arts, however, did not do well to calm his short-temperedness, as it is said that he instantly killed one of his guards after the night of the attack for questioning his authority. Most likely set in a kitchen or storeroom, Tadotoki slices through a bundle of kindling wood used as a projectile, balancing his foot on a wrap of charcoal. His left-hand blocks any stray piece of wood that may splinter towards him whilst his blade dynamically crosses his entire body.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title 16. Nakamura Kansuke Tadatoki
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 24.8 x 35.6 cm
Series The Faithful Samurai
Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke