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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Kusunoki Masashige bids son farewell and gives him a scroll., 1889
Ink on paper
14 x 18 11/16 in. (35.56 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: 2013.20.9


Commentary
Kusunoki Masashige, a 14th-century samarai, remained loyal to the hopeless cause of Emperor Go-Daigo in his attempt to take rulership of Japan from the Kamakura shogunate and is remembered as the ideal of samurai loyalty. Here, he is saying farewell to his eleven-old son Masatsura and urging him to be courageous. Masashige's small force was overwhelmed. With the battle lost, he committed suicide in 1336.

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