Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: No. 2, Takejo, wife of Yamaoka Kakubei (Yamaoka Kakubei no tsuma Takejo 山岡覺平の妻竹女), from the series Biographies of Loyal and Righteous Hearts (Seichu gishin den 誠忠義心傳)

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Dates: circa 1840,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke (Marks 040 - seal not listed)
Censor seals: Hama and Kinugasa
Number 2 in a circle: 二

Related links: British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1840s print by Yoshitora of this same subject; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Formosa Oolong Tea advertisement using this Kuniyoshi print;

Physical description:

Takejo, wife of Yamaoka Kakubei, crouched and weeping, while her child plays with toys in the foreground. From the series Mitate Chūshingura. Illustrated Monet Collection #105. See also Robinson, 1982, S56 no. 2.

After her husband's death due to an illness, this woman became the mistress of one of her husband's enemies. She then helped Oishi and other ronin to revenge their dead master.