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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
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)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.1


Full Title: Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan: Oishi Kuranosuke Yoshio (1659-1703), Chief of the Forty-seven Ronin of Ako (Harima), Leading the Night Attack on Kira Yoshinaka's Mansion

Commentary
On front of 93.6.123. No. 14.

Marks
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.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper.

Object Description
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."

Publisher
Tsuda Genshichi.

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