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Kawase Hasui


Shofuku Temple, Niihama, Ako
(Ako niihama shofukuji)

signed Hasui with artist's seal Kawase, the title along the left margin, Ako niihama shofukuji, followed by the date, Showa nijugonen saku (made in Showa 25 [1950]), publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, 1950

oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 1/2 in., 39.2 by 26.8 cm

Ako is a city in Hyogo prefecture. This is where the famous event of the fourty-seven ronin took place, also known as the Ako incident (1701-1703). The story of the masterless samurai and their journey of vengeance was later fictionalized as the tale of Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). The theme became popular amongst many prints, bunraku (puppet theatre), and kabuki.

Narazaki Muneshige, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, 1979, p. 156, no. 521
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, cat. no. 547
(inv. no. 10-5128)

price: $ 1,400


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October 18, 2019

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