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Loyal Retainer of Lord Kira Throws a Brazier at Kataoka Gengoemon

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Loyal Retainer of Lord Kira Throws a Brazier at Kataoka Gengoemon, 1885
Ink on paper
14 1/16 x 18 11/16 in. (35.72 x 47.47 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Jean Marshall Cates '37
Accession Number: 2013.20.8


Commentary
47 ronin plotted to revenge the death of their master. They attacked the mansion of their enemy during the night. A boy resisted courageously and threw a brazier. The ronin beheaded their enemy and brought his head to the grave of their master. These brave men were allowed to commit suicide. Their urns can still be visited.

Jan van Reek: http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/rekius/dip04.htm

Medium
ink on paper

Object Description
diptych

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