Hakoōmaru meets Kudō Suketsune
Hakoōmaru meets Kudō Suketsune

Hakoōmaru meets Kudō Suketsune

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)

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Right panel of tryptich

At the age of thirteen, Gor? Tokimune (called Hako? as a child) first met his father’s cousin, and murderer, Kud? Suketsune. Kud? had accompanied the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo to worship at the shrine where Hako? had been sent to become a priest. Wishing to avenge his father’s murder, Hako? looked for a chance to get close enough to Kud?. The wily Kud? boldly had the boy brought to him. He falsely treated Hako? with tenderness, speaking as a concerned relative, and even presented the youth with a dagger. But as shown here, all the while Kud? was on his guard, eyeing the boy warily. Kud? departed unharmed with the shogun’s entourage the following morning. Six years later, however, in a famous vendetta, Hako? and his brother were able to slay Kud?, using the same dagger he had received as a present.

Mrs. Jeanne Gass Stump; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2001.

Object Information

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)
creation date
color wooblock print
14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.
mark descriptions
Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seal: single Mura seal
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credit line
Gift of Mrs. Jeanne Gass Stump
Public Domain
Asian Art

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