Ukiyo-e Japanese Print - Kato Kiyomasa's poisoning

  • Japanese woodblock print
  • By Japanese artist Yoshu Chikanobu
  • Printed in London on textured natural white paper 180 gsm
  • White border of roughly 1 cm
  • Size A3 (297 mm x 420mm / 11,7 x 16,5 inch.)



This Japanese woodblock print was made by Yoshu Chikanobu, a great artist of Japan’s Meji period. It represents a kabuki play of the poisoning of the great Japanese warrior Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611).

Legend tells that the great warrior was requested at the shogun’s (military dictator of Japan) castle and was offered a cup of wine. He knew it was poisoned but out of loyalty, he drank it.

On the print, we can see the actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kiyomasa. He is sitting on a stall back at his castle, prepared to die. Next to him, we see his famous battle helmet and behind him, the banner that he always carried with him into battle as a talisman. It has a Buddhist inscription that says “Praise to the Lotus Flower of the everlasting secret teachings”.

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Paper Size: A3 (297 mm x 420mm / 11,7 x 16,5 inch.)



The print is sold unframed, however we can frame it for you in a natural, white or black 400 mm x 500 mm wooden frame option available at an additional £30.

Important: Framed artwork will only be available for pick up only. 

The black frame comes with black background paper.

The natural frame comes with an ecru background paper.

The white frame comes with a white background paper. 

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- We will send you a link for the payment and will arrange a suitable date and time for collection at our 91 Brick Lane shop.