Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: The Soga brothers revenge their father (Soga kyōdai chichi no ada-uchi no zu - 曽我兄弟父の仇討図) - the center and left panels of a triptych

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Dates: circa 1851 - 1853,created
Dimensions: 20.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher:Sanoya Kihei
(Marks 446 - seal 25-210)
Censor seals: Mera and Watanabe

Related links: British Museum - whole triptych; Bushido Boutique - whole triptych;

Physical description:

There is a copy of the full triptych on loan to the British Museum. Robinson recorded six different triptychs on this theme by Kuniyoshi. Below is a description of a different, but oh so similar example, which is also in the British Museum.

"The revenge of the Soga brothers Jūrō and Gorō on their father's murderer, Kudō Suketune, was one of the most celebrated of all warrior vendettas. Kudō had treacherously killed their father, the famous wrestler Kawazu no Saburō, when they were young boys, and the pair were then raised by Soga no Tarō. Planned for eighteen years, their revenge finally came about in 1193, while Kudō was accompanying Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo on a great hunting exhibition on the moor at the base of Mt. Fuji. Bursting into Kudō's tent during a violent storm, they were able to surprise and kill him. The scene in the print shows Jurō and Gorō attempting to fight off Yoritomo's warriors after the alarm has been raised. They wear matching yellow and blue robes, patterned with plovers and butterflies respectively. [Jurō, in the middle-ground on the left-hand sheet] will presently be killed by his opponent Nitta no Shirō Tadatsune, while Gorō, in the [foreground] will be captured by Yoritomo's young bodyguard, Gosho no Gorōmaru Shigemune, [who is approaching under elaborately decorated robe.]"

Quoted from: Kuniyoshi From the Arthur R. Miller Collection, p. 77.