Subject: A boar, a man, and an old woman.
Title: Baibai fukyo (sale not permitted).
Date: c. 1850.
Signature: Kunimasu hitsu
Artist’s seal: Utagawa Kunimasu
Block carver: Tanizō (seal: chōko Tanizō)
Printer: Tamizō (seal: suriko Tamizō)
Collection: Mita Arts.
This unusual print deals with loyalty and respect, and tells us not to serve two masters. The scene refers to acts 5 and 6 of the Chūshingura story, 'The Treasury of Loyal Retainers'. The style of the kanji characters used in the moralistic text is identical to the style of the kanji characters seen in a chūban triptych by Hirosada, published 5/1851. (See Keyes, R., Hirosada Ōsaka Printmaker, number 46). Sadamasu's print may have been published in the same year, as 1851 was a Year of the Boar.