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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: The maidservant Hatsu-jo (婢初女) from the series
Stories of Wise and Virtuous Women (Kenjo reppu den - 賢女烈婦傳)

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Dates: circa 1841 - 1842,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Chōōrō Kuniyoshi ga
朝櫻樓国芳画
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō (Marks 127 - seal 11-001)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford;

Physical description:

The text reads: "Mizushi Hatsujo: Soregashi ko no jijo Onoe ni tsukau. Shu no Onoe / tsubone Iwafuji ga kankei ni ochiiru jisatsu su. / Hatsu hisoka ni okuniwa ni shinobi Iwafuji o uchite / shu no ada o mukufu."

The museum in Vienna translates the above text loosely as: "The maid Hatsu: The daughter of a certain samurai served lady Onoe. Onoe was victim of an intrigue of maid Iwafuji and committed suicide. Hatsu penetrated secretly into the courtyard of the women and slew Iwafuji avenging her mistress."

Notice the sword Hatsu-jo has with her, seen just below the ladle she is drinking from. She will use it to kill Iwafuji.