Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: From the series (Buyû mitate jûnishi) 「武勇見立十二支」Bravery Matched with the Twelve (Zodiac) Signs: Dog and Hata Rokurozaemon 「畑 六郎左衛門 戌」

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Dates: circa 1840,created
Dimensions: 4.0 in,11.4 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock pirnt

Related links: Freer Sackler Gallery; MFA Boston; Set of 12 at MFA;

Physical description: The zodiac sign of the dog is represented as a companion to a vassal of the warrior Nitta Yoshida (1301-1338). Above the cloud in the distance are the flags and standards of an army, whose presence signals an impending battle.

This example was carved and printed ca 2017 by master carver, Kitamura Shoichi. The fine printing combines graded color in a dynamic, swirling composition of exceptional artistry.