The Village School Scene, 1921

by Toshishide (1863 - 1925)

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The Village School Scene, 1921 by Toshishide (1863 - 1925)

Original Toshishide (1863 - 1925) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Village School Scene, 1921

Series; Toshihide's Essays (Toshihide Zuihitsu)
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The Village School Scene, 1921 - Dramatic depiction of the "Village School" scene from the popular play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami." The samurai Matsuomaru had been ordered by his lord Shihei to ensure that his former master Sugawara's son, Kan Shusai, was killed at his village school. When Matsuomaru arrives at the school, there are one too many desks for the number of his children, and Matsuomaru realizes that his own son, Totaro is missing. He allows his own son to be killed in place of Kan Shusai to repay a debt of gratitude to Sugawara. Here, Matsuomaru's wife Chiyo has opened a box to find Totaro's white death robe and a banner reading "Lord Have Mercy upon Me." She falls backwards as the banner tumbles out, realizing that her son knew he would be sacrificed and went willingly and honorably to his death. Nicely detailed with embossing on the white death robe folded up in the box, and the white title cartouche.

Artist - Toshishide (1863 - 1925)

Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. A few tears at edges, repaired. A few creases.

The Village School Scene, 1921 by Toshishide (1863 - 1925)
The Village School Scene, 1921 by Toshishide (1863 - 1925)

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