Kuniyoshi: Candle-holding Austerity
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Candle-holding Austerity
Series: Twenty-four Japanese Paragons of Filial Piety (Honchô nijushi kô)
Date: ca. 1842-43
Wearing tattered robes and holding a pose of acute austerity, this is the moment where Hitsuno Saisho Haruhiro tearfully recognizes his father in Chinese capture. He had been drugged by the Emperor and forced to act as a lighthouse with a candle on his head.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Literature: “Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints” by BW Robinson, list #S23.7. See MFA, BM.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga