The Tale of the Forty-Seven Ronin - The fantastic tale and adventure of the Forty-Seven Ronin immediately captured the imagination of the Japanese public. Not two weeks after the culmination of the event, stories and plays were already being written about the bravery and loyalty of the Forty-Seven Ronin. Almost a hundred years later, prints artists of the 19th century seized on the enduring fascination with the Tale of the Forty-Seven Ronin and produced lavish print sets of the story and the forty-seven brave men from the tale. Kuniyoshi’s series "The Faithful Samurai" is an absolute masterwork and considered the ultimate 47 Ronin series among collectors and scholars alike. Few other print makers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry.
The Faithful Hearts - The companion to Kuniyoshi's "Faithful Samurai", the "Faithful Hearts" details the outstanding loyalty and honor of the families and friends of the 47 Ronin. Even though they weren't part of the attack against Moronao, the wives, daughters, and servants of the Ronin were drawn into drama as well. This series celebrates the sacrifice, determination, and enduring devotion of those the Ronin left behind. A fantastic series and a real complement to Kuniyoshi's "Faithful Samurai".
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.