KF014 (Click on image to enlarge)
Utagawa Kunisada
[1786-1865]

Shown here is one of 3 woodblock prints in this collection which preserve the legendary story of the “Hachi no ki”, The Potted Trees. This fictional account of events from the 14th century, memorialized in a classic Noh play, unfolds a story of sacrifice, commitment, valor and ultimately reward. So significant and engaging is the story-line of this print that we have devoted a special section of this site to a brief description with a reference to the complete text. Of the 3 images in our collection this one can claim to create the most literal portrait of this absorbing tale. We will encourage you to read more about The Potted Trees and reveal only that the object the woman is wielding...is a knife.
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