Kuniyoshi: Province Musashi
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Province Musashi
Series: The Sixty-odd Provinces of Japan (Dai Nippon rokujûyo-shû)
Date: ca. 1845
Banzui Chôbei, chief of the Otokodate (chivalrous townsmen who championed the oppressed). He wields a large kitchen knife over a man who has been trussed like a fish and whose garments have scale-like patterns. In the inset is a man with a sword in a sake shop. Inset cartouche signed “Monjin
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Discoloration along top edge.
Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi (Jakurindô)
Literature: See B.W. Robinson’s “Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints” (1982), series number S36.16.
Seal: censor’s seal of Watari
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga