Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Artist: Utagawa Yoshijo (歌川芳女)

Print: The Syllable Ta た: Chiba Saburohei Mitsutada 千場三郎兵衛光忠 from the series Mirror of the True Loyalty of Each of the Faithful Retainers (Seichū gishin meimei kagami - 誠忠義臣名々鏡)

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Dates: 1857,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
and Yoshi-jo ga (芳女画 - on inset)  
Publisher: Horikoshi (Marks U077)
Censor's seal: Aratame
Date seal: 6/1857
The syllable ta (た) in diamond lower left

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Diet Library;

Physical description:

The title of this series appears, written in white characters, on the black tsuba cartouche in the upper right along with the tomoe motif found somewhere on numerous Chūshingura related prints.


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.