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Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912

Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: DFJN2020PRWS010

Title (Original): 翻訳タイトル:忍が父の死を復讐する
Title: Hon'yaku taitoru: Shinobu ga chichi no shi o fukushū suru
Translated Title: Shinobu Avenging Her Father’s Death

Artist (Original): 豊国III /国貞(1786 – 1864) 

Artist: Toyokuni III / Kunisada (1786 – 1864)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Signature: Unknown
Seal: Unknown
Publisher (Original): 表記無し
Publisher: Unknown
Engraver: Unknown
Publication Date: 1847-1852 

Acquisition Date:     15 / 10 / 2020

Country of origin: Japan

Size: Vertical ōban. 35.25 x 25cm (14 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches)
Condition: Excellent detail. Horizontal centre folds. A few small holes, (repaired). Creasing, wrinkling. Some fading, toning and soiling.

Interesting scene of the young Shinobu battling with her father’s murderer, Shiga Danshichi. She and her sister Miyagino, swore to avenge his death, and after secretly training in the martial arts, challenged Shiga to a duel. The fight takes place in an arena enclosed by cloth panels with samurai and noblemen gathered to watch. Shinobu wields a sickle at the end of a chain, wearing a pink kimono over a suit of armour, the sleeves tied back with a sash. A man behind her beats a drum hanging from a branch. Nicely detailed.





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