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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Akushichibyōe Kagekiyo (悪七兵衛景清) - Evening Bell at Tōdai-ji
(Tōdai-ji banshō - 東大寺晩鐘) from the series
Eight Views of Military Brilliance (Yōbu hakkei 燿武八景)

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Dates: 1852,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
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Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher Enshūya Hikobei (Marks 055 - seal 21-016)
Date seal: 7/1852
Censors' seals: Mera and Watanabe

Related links: British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum; Lyon Collection - Fujiwara no Masakiyo from this series;Lyon Collection - Inagawa Yoshioto from this series;Lyon Collection - Suzuki Shigeyuki from this series;

Physical description:

Robert Schaap in his Heroes & Ghosts:Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 wrote: "Akushichibyōe Kagekiyo (Bad man of the seventh degree) Kagekiyo (died 1195), here seen in the black and grey clothes of a monk holding a naginata (spear). The scene refers to the legend that he went to Nara disguised as a priest with the intention to murder Minamoto Yoritomo (1147-99). He was however discovered and is said to have blinded himself in order to avoid seeing the triumph of his enemy.

This scene is compared with Vesper bell at Tōdaiji (temple) from the Eight views."

See also Robinson The Warrior Prints, p. 156.