Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861)
TItle: Sakurai Takichi Kiyokazu
Series: Heroes of the Grand Pacification
Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi
Dimensions: 25.0 x 35.0 cm
This print from Kuniyoshi’s series ‘Heroes of the Grand Pacification’ shows the warrior Sakurai Kiyokazu, who was regarded as one of the three best swordsman in the battle of Shizugamine. The print focuses on Kiyokazu’s standard which depicts all the animals of the Chinese zodiac, with the snake resting on top and cast in gold.