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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Aigō Kozaemon Hisamitsu (合郷基匕エ門久盈), #43 from the series
Heroes of the Great Peace (Taiheiki eiyūden - 太平記英勇傳)

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Dates: circa 1848 - 1849,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor seals: Mera and Murata
Number 43: 四十三

Related links: British Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Library; Waseda University; Lyon Collection - print of Fukushima Masanori who fought with Hisamitsu;

Physical description:

Aigō (or Haigō) Hisamatsu was a vassal of Oda Nobunaga. At some point after Nobunaga's death it appears that Hisamatsu rebelled against Hideyoshi. In a later battle Fukushima Masanori (1561-1624) challenged him to a combat. The two fought for a long time, but despite being a formidable swordsman Hisamitsu, was had been on the field for many hours, and at the end he was wounded by a couple of spears. He died on the battlefield from these wounds.

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Numerous are stories of duels which represented the basic element of an engagement. Vivid descriptions of duels are found in the text on the print Aigō Gozaemon Hisamitsu.

Part of the text on this print translates as:

“In the spirit these two were like a dragon and a tiger. Time passed as they kept contending but because Aigō had been toiling for many hours on the battlefield since that morning his mastery of fencing gradually began to betray him.”

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Earlier we noted that this figure's name may actually be Haigō Ieyoshi (拝郷家嘉: 1549-83), but so far we are unable to find other information about this man.