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Murase Taiitsu (1803-1881)
Bunjin
The loyal retainers of Ako
Signed: Taiitsu Rôjin heidai
Seals: Murase shi Rei Taiitsu
Technique: sumi on paper 130 x 30,2
Mounting: beige silk
black wooden rollers, 200,5 x 41,7
Condition: Very good

赤穂義士
名声休檀一荊軻
四六英雄奈此多
平日銘心歳寒語
劒華和雪試如何

The loyal retainers of Ako
There is not only one Jing Ke
There were 46 such heroes in this world
Every day they inscribed in their hearts
That their swords would glint in the snow
(Addiss)
Comp. Addiss # 15, Sôjin ’83, p. 10 (p. 13, 47 rônin), Sôjin ‘88 # 10, Ichinomiya # 44

This poem refers to the story of the 47 loyal retainers, who avenged the death of their master. It compares their heroism to that of Jing Ke. Jing Ke (?–227 BC) was famous for his failed attempt on the life of Ying Zheng, king of the state of Qin, who later became China's first emperor (r. 221–210 BC).

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