Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
Eight Honorable Ways of Conduct: Wisdom, Sanada Samonnojo Yukimura
(Meiyo hakko no uchi: Chi, Sanada Samonnojo Yukimura)
signed oju Taiso Yoshitoshi, with artist's seal Yoshitoshi, carver's seal Hori Yata (Horiko Yataro), with price below, ka ni sen go rin (price 2 sen 5 rin), and publisher's seal Meiji juichinen ichigatsu -ka, Asakusa Kawaramachi 2-banchi, shuppanjin Morimoto Junzaburo (Meiji 11 , January) of Morimoto Junzaburo of Entaido
oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37.2 by 25.4 cm
Daimyo Sanada Yukimura (1570-1615) was a warrior during the Sengoku Period (1467-1603), also known as the Warring States Period, a time of constant civil war and upheaval that eventually gave way to the unification of the island under the Tokugawa shogunate. Originally a retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), he led a failed revolt against Hideyoshi's rival Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) following Hideyoshi's death. Yukimora was exiled, but it was not long before he returned and unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Ieyasu in a lotus pond. He was killed by Ieyasu's retainers soon thereafter. Given his fateful demise, it would seem Yoshitoshi chose Sanada's story as a cautionary tale for one to exercise wisdom in their actions.
Keyes 1983, p. 428, no. 399.4
van den Ing & Schaap 1992, p. 122, no. 33.4
King & Iwakiri 2007, p. 346, cat. 195 (re: Yukimura)
Marks 2011, pp. 22-26 (re: print pricing)
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