Re: Any information on this kunisada

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Posted by Kurt ( on June 05, 2016 at 09:53:50:

In Reply to: Any information on this kunisada posted by Scott C on June 04, 2016 at 03:12:29:

Hi Scott

Near to the artist's signature, you will find seals and cartouches w/:

Date: 1866 (Keiō 2), 7th month. It is a combined date and ‘aratame’ censor seal 寅七改.
Publisher: Kiya Sōjirō 木屋宗次郎 (木屋惣次郎). Publisher seal used 1851–1874, the two columns are read L-to-R as ‘Bakuro Yon’ 馬喰四, and ‘Kiya han’ 木屋板.

Series Title: Seichû gishi den 誠忠義士傳 (in the top RHS cartouche).
The British Museum translates this as: “Biographies of Loyal and Righteous Samurai," and the Kuniyoshi project translates the title as: “Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai”. My Japanese isn't great to tell you which is more accurate. I'm not sure which samurai/warrior the image depicts: perhaps someone else on this thread with greater knowledge can assist you with that.

Of Utagawa Kuniyoshi's series depicting this subject, the Kuniyoshi project states: "In 1702, Lord Asano of Akô was provoked by Kira Kozukenosuke Yoshinaka into drawing his sword in the shogun’s palace, for which he was forced to take his own life, and his estate was confiscated. Forty-seven of Lord Asano’s retainers, who were now rônin (samurai without masters), planned and carried out a successful attack on Kira’s palace. Kira’s head was cut off with the same dagger Lord Asano used to commit seppuku. [...] The surviving rônin were forced to take their own lives. These events were made into the play, Kanadehon Chûshingura." Just do a google search for more info.


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