Understanding a Toyokuni Kunisada print


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Posted by Mathew MURRAY on February 25, 2002 at 13:38:58:

I recently got a diptych that I was told to be of Toyokuni Kunisada that I enclose for your inspection. I would very much want to understand it because it makes it so much more interesting.

Not knowledgeable enough of japanese history (although I do try, but I
still have a long way to go !), I just cannot hook up this print to
anything and I would be very grateful if you could tell me more about it.

Who are the two samourai ?
Who are they fighting ?
What historical event does this scene relate to ?

I feel very frustrated by being unable to understand any of the japanese
ideograms on the print and consequently would be very grateful for
whatever you could let me know because it makes it so much more
interesting.


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