Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: No. 20 ( 二十): Tokuda Sadaemon Yukitaka (徳田貞右衛門行高) from the series Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichū gishi den - 誠忠義士傳)

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Dates: 1847,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
(Marks 040 - seal not listed)
Censor's seal: Mera and Murata
Number 20: 二廿

Related links: Waseda University; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tokyo Metropolitan Library; British Museum; Edo-Tokyo Museum; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg;

Physical description:

The dentate pattern on this print is a give away that it is a Chūshingura-themed prints. But not all prints devoted to this story show these designs. "The distinctive dentate pattern on the coats is an iconographical motif which represents the inescapable progress of day and night, symbolizing unfailing loyalty."

Quoted from: 'Mitate kokkei Chūshingura. Hiroshige's humorous parodies of the Loyal Retainers' by Pierre Wijermans and Henk Herwig, fn. 32, p. 73.


The number 20 ( 二十) appears in a circular seal immediately below the publisher's seal.


Illustrated in Kuniyoshi: The Faithful Samurai by David R. Weinberg, 2000, #I.20.