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Murase Taiitsu (1803-1881)
Nanga / Bunjin
Sakurai Station (Kusunoki Masashige parting from his son at Sakurai)*
Signed: Taiitsu Rôjin heidai
Seals: Murase shi Rei Taiitsu & Yogi
Technique: sumi on paper 106,4 x 30,6
Mounting: Grey and beige silk
dark wooden rollers, 189,5 x 41,7
Condition: Fine

櫻井驛
蒙塵受托死誰辭
恩意纔離志亦離
大節泣人絶今右
銕衣再擐別児時

Sakurai station
Entrusted by the Emperor with a mission that would cost him his life,
He was not like other men who steal away when favors have ceased.
His great action, rare at any time, makes men weep.
He has put on his armour, and now he must part with his son.
(Addiss)
Comp. Addiss # 11, Sôjin ‘88 p. 45, Ishinomiya # 43

Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) and his son Masatsura (1326-1348) were fighting the Ashikaga clan on the side of the emperor Go-Daigo. Masashige advises Go-Daigo to leave the Capital to the Ashikaga and seek shelter on Mount Hiei. The emperor, however, is unwilling to give up the Capital and insists that Masashige confront the Ashikaga’s superior forces. Masashige obediently accepts the emperor’s foolish command, thus becoming a model of samurai loyalty. On his departure he leaves his son his death poem, which implies that Masatsura should remain in the emperor’s service.

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