Godairiki Toroku; Gonin-giri Uwasa no Sorezaki

Woodcut print (coloured inks) depicting a kabuki actor committing seppuku or ritual suicide.

Seppuku, also called hara-kiri, both mean ‘belly cutting.’ A samurai’s sense of honour preferred death to capture and if defeated or outnumbered he would perform seppuku, keeping his honour in tact.

Toyohara Kunichika
Gift of Barry Till
19th Century
AGGV 2004.017.001
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