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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Mount Fuji Collection: The History of the Soga Brothers at Yui Beach, 1891, no month or day indicated
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 9 5/16 in. (35.56 cm x 23.65 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2005.1.12

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu”

Colored ink woodblock print; oban tate-e.

Object Description
The Soga Brothers were historical figures whose vow of revenge has resonated in kabuki and noh theaters for centuries. Juro Sukenari (1172-1193) and Goro Tokimune (1174-1193) were the children of Kawazu Sukeyasu, an ally of the Taira clan, who was killed in 1176 by their grandfather's enemy Kudo Suketsune, a close associate of the shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo. The oldest boy swore to revenge his father's death. To prevent such a vendetta, the brothers were taken to Yui Beach where they were to be decapitated, but the executioner could not bring himself to kill the boys, the scene shown here. Later their mother married Soga Sukenobu, who adopted them; Juro was raised to be a warrior, but Goro was sent to a Buddhist temple to be a priest. As they grew older they both plotted to kill Suketsune, which they did when he was on a hunting trip on Mt. Fuji with Yoritomo.

For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.

Kobayashi Testujiro

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