Yada Jirōemon Suketake
Yada Jirōemon Suketake
Yada Jirōemon Suketake
Yada Jirōemon Suketake
Yada Jirōemon Suketake

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Yada Jirōemon Suketake

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)


矢多次郎右衛門助武 from Gishi chūshin kagami (Mirror of the Loyal Retainers)義士忠心鑑

Suketake was one of 47 loyal rōnin who were sentenced by the government to commit seppuku (hara-kiri)after avenging the death of their lord in 1703. He was 28. The text says Yada Suketake was tall, strong, dedicated to martial arts, and a gun expert. A fox, whose den had been taken over by three other foxes and having no place to go, possessed the spirit of a merchant's 13-year old son instead. Suketake frightened the possessing fox out of the youth's body by shooting dead the three interlopers.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)
period
Edo
creation date
1848
materials
color woodblock print
mark descriptions
Censor's seal: Mera/Murata
Seal: unidentified
Inscribed: (unread biographical text)
Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga (with paulownia seal)
accession number
2002.132
credit line
Gift of Tom and Nancy Yamamoto
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors