Utagawa Kuniyoshi, "Aihara Esuke Munefusa," 47 Ronin
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Munefusa was a man of few words, but an expert archer and fiercely loyal. Here he tramples over a screen and a pipe is thrust in the air.
Series: Stories of the Faithful Samurai (The 47 Ronin)
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
Condition: Very good
Frame Shown: 16" x 24", Classic Wood, Ebony
Utagawa Kuniyoshi's (1798-1861) famous “Stories of the Faithful Samurai," is popularly known as the story of the Forty-Seven Ronin. The legendary Japanese tale of loyalty, revenge, and honor has been part of Japanese culture for more than two centuries, and the subject of numerous noh and kabuki plays in Japan, as well as books and films in the West. Published in 1848, the series contains a total of fifty-one designs, each of which incorporates a biographical inscription of each character and their role in the famous story.