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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, (1797–1861)
24 Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety: Zhangxiao & Zhangli (Choko & Chorei), 1848
Ink on Paper
9 1/4 in. x 5 13/16 in. (23.5 cm x 14.76 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2004.1.42

Alternate Title: Morokoshi nijushi-ko: Choko, Chorei
Full Title: Twenty-four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety: Zhangxiao and Zhangli (Choko and Chorei)

Fine colors, and fine first edition impression with gauffrage and extensive use of lacquered wax in simulation of Western oil painting.


Colored ink on paper; chuban tate-e.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print. Kuniyoshi borrows heavily from the traditions of Western art for his treatment of a very oriental theme, the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. This image from the series depicts Choko offering himself to a bandit who is about to slay his brother. It has been suggested that the figure of the bandit and the setting were inspired by a Western print of Robinson Crusoe that Kuniyoshi had admired.

Purchased by Bruce Coats from Auction Ukiyo-e, Ltd. in London, England, September 2004, using Aoki funds.


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