Posted by bletsch (220.127.116.11) on October 01, 2021 at 09:43:04:
In Reply to: Re: Kunimasa IV triptych, looking fo posted by Lucienne on September 30, 2021 at 23:29:18:
Ugh, yes, it's a bad ending.
I have read several accounts and the events differ quite a bit. Without reading this particular play it's hard to know exactly what is going on in the scene.
But it generally goes like so:
Tametomo is banished to Oshima island. There he assumes the reins of government by overpowering the wicked magistrate Saburodayu Tadashige." He also has a daughter (Asa?) and two sons, Tomowaka and Tameyori with Sasarae, the daughter of Saburodayu Tadashige.
1.The island is attacked by shigemitsu kudo's fleet. Realizing the futility of the situation, Tametomo stabs his oldest son, 9 year old Tameyori. (this seems to line up best with the print)
2. A fleet of boats from the capital attack the island. Tametomo’s eldest son Tameyori and his secondary wife, Sasarae, commit suicide to not impede him in his fight against the enemy. (Really?)
3. The island is attacked by Saburodayu Tadashige's fleet. Caught between her filial obligation and her love for Tametomo, Sasarae drowns herself and her little daughter in the ocean.
Next, Tatemono sinks a ship with a single arrow (depicted in many other prints). He then commits ritual suicide. In alternate versions he does not commit suicide and escapes the island.
So it seems in this scene Tametomo is about to kill his wife or child (or both) to prevent them from being captured or killed by the arriving enemy fleet.
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