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Original woodblock print - Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) - Ôboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo - From the series "Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai" - 1847

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Original woodblock print - Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) - Ôboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo - From the series "Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai" - 1847

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Fair condition, see description

Object: Original woodblock print (More lots)
Material: Paper
Period: 1847
Region/ Country of origin: Japan
Artist/ Maker: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Title of artwork: Ôboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo - From the series "Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai"
Condition: Fair condition, see description
Dimensions: 36.5×24.5×0 cm

Woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) - No.: 32, Ôboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo, from the series Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichû gishi den) - Japan - 1847

Acceptable condition, unbacked, repaired worm holes, please see photos

The story takes place in Ako, in the year 1701. Feudal lord Asano Naganori (lord of Ako) had to meet envoys from the emperor together with another lord. These envoys were on their way to the shogunate in Edo (present-day Tokyo). A master of ceremonies with a lot of power in the shogunate, Kira Yoshinaka, was displeased by the few gifts that Asano had given him. He taunted Asano and the other lord and refused to cooperate. It got to the point where the lord of Ako lost his composure and drew his sword in the castle of the Shogunate and injured Kira on the forehead. Drawing a weapon in the castle of the shōgun was a capital crime and Asana was convicted to committing seppuku.

Promptly all his samurai became rōnin. The samurai leader, Ōishi Kuranosuke was of the opinion that Kira was also responsible and mobilised a total of 46 other rōnin to take revenge. Kira, however, expected this and kept a close eye on the rōnin. The rōnin realized that they were expecting revenge and embarked on a plan to deceive Kira. They became artisans, tramps, beggars. Kuranosuke even became a so-called drunk, divorced his wife and openly visited prostitutes. Everyone despised him and nobody expected the true nature of their intentions. In 1702, after a year of waiting, the rōnin attacked the house of Kira. They found him, trembling and shaking in a room. Because of the scar on his head, there was no doubt about his identity. The rōnin decapitated him and moved on to the tomb of Asano. Ōishi sent one of his rōnin, Terasaka Kichiemon, to spread the story of the rōnin as a witness to the event. Meanwhile, the group moved towards the Sengakuji temple where the tomb of Asano was located. They washed the head of Kira in a nearby well and presented it as a gift to their deceased lord. Then they voluntarily surrendered to the magistrates and the court. Although they were sentenced to seppuku, the 47 rōnin immediately became heroes. Even the shōgun admired their deed. They had an unparalleled popularity among the population. Although the primary goal of the rōnin’s mission was revenge and loyalty, they also wanted to restore lord Asano's good name and reinstate his power in Ako. Because of the mass publicity and the public pressure, the Shogunate decided to give the eldest son of Asano 1/10th of his father's original territory. After the samurai had committed seppuku, their graves were placed near the grave of their lord at the Sengakuji temple. This temple also became the final resting place of Kira.

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  • Perfect seller and excellent woodblock print as described. Thank you so much :) Dziękuję bardzo! 

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  • Nice woodprint, delivered quickly and well protected, thanks !

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