47 Ronin - Kuniyoshi's Biographies of the Loyal Retainers

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Exhibition

Sep 201813 Oct 201820

Ronin Gallery
425 Madison Avenue
3rd Floor, SE corner of 49th St.
New York, New York, 10017
United States

Ronin Gallery invites you to experience Kuniyoshi’s iconic series Biographies of the Loyal Retainers (1847-1848) in its entirety. Based on true events from the turn of the 18th century, this series captures the legend of the 47 loyal samurai who avenged their master’s unjust death. In one of its most famous visual tellings, this tale of vengeance and loyalty comes to life through Kuniyoshi’s fierce portraits.
The celebrated legend of the 47 loyal retainers stems from the historical event known as the Ako incident (1701-1704). Continuously illustrated, adapted, parodied, and performed since the 18th century, the Ako incident entered Edo’s popular culture through the literary rendition Kanadehon Chushingura (1748). The story goes as follows: The shogun appointed Asano, a young lord from the country, to receive the emperor’s ambassadors. The unscrupulous Kira was assigned to teach Asano the ways of court etiquette, but insulted Asano so deeply that the country lord drew his sword in the shogun’s palace. When this offense mandated ritual suicide, Asano’s 47 samurai became ronin, or samurai without a master. Devastated by the loss and outraged by Kira’s trickery, the retainers swore to avenge their master’s death. After much planning, they staged a night attack, killing Kira before turning themselves in and meeting their own death. To this day, the 47 ronin remain enshrined at Sengaku Temple beside their beloved master.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit:

https://www.roningallery.com/exhibitions/47-ronin

 

APA_Institute . Last modified Oct 17 2018 1:34 p.m.


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