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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Kido Takuzaemon Nagachika (木戸宅左衛門長近 - actually Kido Sakuemon
[木戸作右衛門]) from the series Heroes of the Great Peace
(Taiheiki eiyūden - 太平記英勇傳)

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Dates: circa 1848 - 1849,created
Dimensions: 9.875 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor seals: Mera and Murata

Related links: British Museum; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford;

Physical description:

The Ashmolean Museum curatorial files say of this print:

‘Kido Nagachika’ was a brave vassal of Konishi Yukinaga, 1558-1600, (here Kotachi Yukitaka), lord or Udo castle (called here Uda) in Higo. ‘Nagachika’, served with distinction during eight years service in ‘foreign countries’ (presumably meaning Korea) under Yukinaga. At one battle, when Yukitaka attacked the Tōdaimon (main entrance) of the castle of Seoul, ‘Nagachika’ compelled one of the captured enemies to guide him to the further side of the castle, where there was a water gate, a metal grid. He was able to force this gate, allowing the army of Yukinaga to enter and capture the castle.

This print shows ‘Nagachika’ using a wooden pole strapped in rope, trying to lever open the water gate.