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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: An actor in the role of Inuzaka Keno (犬坂毛乃)

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Dates: 1857,available
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
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Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Maruya Jinpachi (Marks 294 seal 08-088)
Date seal: 1857, 5th month
Censor seal: aratame

Related links: Minneapolis Institute of Art - Kuniyoshi of Inuzaka Keno disguised as a female dancer; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Kunikazu diptych showing Inuzaka Keno in a dramatic scene;

Physical description:

"[The] literary source for this print was the best- selling novel Nansō Satomi hakkenden (The Legend of the Eight Dog Warriors of the Satomi Clan in Awa Province), by Kyokutei Bakin (1767–1848). This ninety- eight-volume epic, which took Bakin nearly thirty years to complete, was published in serial format between 1814 and 1842. Set in the mid-16th century, Hakkenden was the saga of eight young warriors born under the influence of the dog god, Yatsubusa. The eight were spiritually related and thus destined to find each other. Once united, they would help the warlord Satomi rise to power in Awa Province (modern-day Chiba Prefecture)."

This information is taken from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts web site.

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There are two prints in the Lyon Collecton devoted to Inuzaka Keno, one of the 8 Dog Heroes. See also Shigeharu print #719.