Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: From the series Bravery Matched with the Twelve (Zodiac) Signs: (Buyū mitate jūnishi - 武勇見立十二支) Dog (戌) and Hata Rokurozaemon (畑六郎左衛門)

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Dates: circa 2017,created
Dimensions: 4.0 in,11.4 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock pirnt

Related links: The National Museum of Asian Art - original version; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the original ca. 1840 print; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the original set;

Physical description:

The original print designed by Kuniyoshi was published in ca. 1840.

The zodiac sign of the dog is represented as a companion to a vassal of the warrior Nitta Yoshida (1301-1338). Above the cloud in the distance are the flags and standards of an army, whose presence signals an impending battle.

This example was carved and printed ca 2017 by master carver, Kitamura Shoichi. The fine printing combines graded color in a dynamic, swirling composition of exceptional artistry.