[Ishibashi Umekichi]*. 石橋梅吉, Showa 7 [5th December,1932]. Stock ID #163527
Folding print featuring 30 coloured squares which tell the story of the famous peasant leader Sakura Sogoro (1605-1653, also known as Kiuchi Sogo), about whom many semi-historical legends abound. 39 x 53cm. Few tiny tears at margins, some small holes at folds, tape repair on reverse. Good copy. Sakura was a farmer who came to be regarded as a political martyr after he appealed first to the local lord, Hotta Masanobu, and then directly to the shogun to reduce the burden of crop taxes on the peasants. This act was regarded as a serious crime for which both Sakura himself and the villagers whose cause he espoused, were liable for dire punishments. After further appeals to the shogunate, the villagers were spared punishment, but Sakura Sogoro and all his family were executed. This story was retold in many versions, including as a kabuki play. The images on this print conclude with images of the downfall of the Hotta family and of contemporary visitors to the Sogo Reido, the temple established in honour of Sakura, near Narita. It seems likely that this print may have been sold as a souvenir to visitors to the temple. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163527).
Price: $350.00 AU