The practice was part of the samurai bushido code. When the samurai brought shame to their feudal lord or shogun, also instead of falling into the hands of their enemies or as a form of capital punishment. it was done with a wakizashi (shorter sword then a katana) or a tantō (knife) with a cloth wrapped around the blade so they wouldnt lose their grip or cut themselves. Which apparently was important even though they were about to disembowel themselves.. After the left to right cut was made the samurais chosen second attendant, (kaishakunin) would take their head to lessen the pain. It was supposed to be done so that only a thin piece of flesh remained to keep the head attached.
By: JR Linton
Medium: Acrylic Original
Dimensions: 16 x 20
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