Kuniyoshi: Station Yabuhara: Sue Harukata
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Station Yabuhara: Sue Harukata
Series: Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road
A mounted samurai fights off unseen foes on horseback, the bamboo thicket behind him lending a sense of claustraphonia as his attackers, peasants armed with bamboo spears, overwhelm him. Although here named Sue Harukata, this print refers to Akechi Mitsuhide, who in 1582 overthrew Oda Nobunaga before being defeated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi three days later. The key to the actual story is the inset landscape shaped like a bellflower.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Sumiyoshia Masagorô
Literature: See Sarah Thompson’s “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô”, figure 36, page 88.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga