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Tale Of The Forty-Seven Ronin by ChrisRawlins Tale Of The Forty-Seven Ronin by ChrisRawlins
A group of samurai who were left leaderless (became ronin) after their master was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka.

The ronin avenged their master's honor after patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill Kira.

Early in the morning of December 14 1702, in a driving wind during a heavy fall of snow, Ōishi and the ronin attacked Kira Yoshinaka's mansion in Edo. According to a carefully laid-out plan, they split up into two groups and attacked, armed with swords and bows. A drum would sound the simultaneous attack, and a whistle would signal that Kira was dead.

A few days following this event 46 Ronin handed themselves in. As expected, the ronin were sentenced to death. The Shogun ordered them to honorably commit seppuku (ritual suicide), instead of having them executed as criminals.

The forty-six ronin did so on February 4, 1703.
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Kusaharashi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
It was a tale of great loyalty and I think that your picture does it justice. It is a very nice picture with a darker feeling to it. The armor is done well too.
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MadMonty13 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
But what became of the 47th? BUM BUM BUM!!!
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BigBearAlexander Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
great work .. and great color combination .. love this piece :D!!
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stilgar Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
OMG! I was just watching that again for the 10 time! I am writing a Dev work about one of the youngest on the raid on Dec 14th! Great work!
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Jeff3333 Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
I love that tale - the 47 ronin have always been heroes of mine ever since I read about them - I love this piece too. It captures the true spirit of them - the figure looks very heroic
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ChrisRawlins Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
Thanks man.
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Jeff3333 Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
no problem
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