Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Current Status

Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane

Series; Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichu gishi den)

Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai - Between 1847 - 1848, Kuniyoshi produced his most famous series about the 47 ronin, "Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai." The series comprises 51 prints, with portraits of each of the 47 ronin along with images of the ronin Hayano Kampei, who committed suicide before the night attack and appears as a ghost, Lord Hangan, Lord Moronao, and a loyal servant. Expressive figures are shown during the night attack, fighting bravely or taking a brief moment to recover, in action-filled poses and quieter moments. Few other printmakers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry in the genre of warrior prints, and his iconic designs from this series remain some of the best images of the famous 47 ronin.

Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane - This terrific print of Rikiya standing is an extremely rare alternate design to the regular version of Rikiya seated with a helmet and cape attached to his spear. David Weinberg mentions this rare version in his authoritative book "Kuniyoshi: The Faithful Samurai," on page 42. An incredible find, this print would make an outstanding addition to any 47 ronin collection. An absolutely great choice for the serious collector.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 5/8"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Stitching holes at side, losses at corners, wormholes, thinning along creases, repaired. Slight soiling, creasing, toning at edges, vertical folds at sides. Please see photos for details.

Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)