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Ashikaga Yoshimitsu sodehan saikyojo

The Kutsuki were a branch of the Sasaki family hailing from Omi Province. They served as the stewards of the Kutsuki manor in that province in the Kamakura period, and the house continued through the Warring States period and into the Edo period, when some of their members became bannermen (direct vassals of the shogun) or daimyo (provincial lords). "The archives of Kutsuki family" consist of historical documents passed down in the family through the years. The Cabinet Records Bureau purchased them from the Kutsuki in 1888. Containing more than 1,060 documents, the archives were designated an important cultural property in the first year of Heisei( 1989).
Written on December 21 in the third year of Eiwa, this is a document on the dispute on dominium between Ujihide Sasaki (Kutsuki) and Sho Amidain, and Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, the 13th shogun of Muromachi Bakufu, recognized the dominium of Ujihiden in this document. The flower shaped seal stamped on the margin of this old document is the seal of Yoshimitsu. Original size: 34cm and 110cm

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