Oishi Kuranosuke Yoshio Leading the Night Attack on Kira Yoshinaka's Mansion
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Oishi Kuranosuke Yoshio Leading the Night Attack on Kira Yoshinaka's Mansion, 1887
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 8 7/8 in. (331.79 mm x 225.43 mm)
On front of 93.6.123. No. 14.
Title on mat in pencil. Japanese text printed in the upper part of the image. Text: Tentendo shujin. Seal: Taiso. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi ga. Text: Tentendo Shujin.
Colored ink woodblock on paper.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of the Chief of the Fourty-seven Ronin of Ako. Yoshitoshi depicts the real Oishi Kuranosuke about to lead the night attack on Lord Kira's mansion. Yoshitoshi probably included Kuranosuke in this series of the 24 Accomplishments in Imperial Japan because of the display of true samurai ethics in the story of the 47 Ronin. It is believed that Kuranosuke's last poem read, "My Lord's life is as great as a mountain. My life, however, is as light and trivial as a piece of hair."
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