Eight Hundred Heroes of Our Countryĺs Suikoden, One by One

Part II

 

This series of prints shows various Japanese warriors.á The title of the series likens them to the Chinese heroes of the semi-historical novel, Suikoden (Shuihu zhuan in Chinese).á The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

 

Scene: Doki Taishir˘ Motosada (土喜泰四郎元貞) wrestling with a ni˘ at the haunted shrine of Ma˘d˘ at Inohanayama in Kai Province

Date: 1834-1835

Robinson: S4b.1

 

NOTE: Ni˘ figures are statues of the Benevolent Kings, or protectors, a pair of which stand guard outside most Japanese Buddhist temples.á I am grateful to Frank Lesser for this image.

 

Scene: Imumura Daikaku Masanori (犬村大学礼儀 幼名角太郎) killing the cat-witch of K˘shin-yama

Date: 1834-1835

Robinson: S4b.2

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

 

Scene: Miyamoto Musashi (宮本無三四) killing a huge lizard where the provinces of Echizen, Mino and Hida meet

Date: 1834-1835

Robinson: S4b.3

 

Another state of the above print

 

Yet another state

 

Scene: Sagi-no-ike Heikur˘ (鷺池平九郎) wrestling with a huge serpent at Sayama Lake at Tondabayashi in Kawachi Province

Date: 1834-1835

Robinson: S4b.4

Censorĺs seal: Kiwame

Publisher: Kaga-ya Kichibe

 

This is a later edition of the above design published 1842-1846.á It is obvious that the rectangular publisherĺs seal and circular censorĺs seal were removed from the right lower corner and replaces with different seals in the left lower corner.

Censor: Watanabe Sh˘emon

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

I am grateful to Nathan Oliver for this example of the above design, in which evidence of the original publisherĺs and censorĺs seals has been eliminated.

Censor: Watanabe Sh˘emon

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

Scene: Yamato-take-no-Mikoto (日本武尊) about to cut down the grass that the eastern barbarians had ignited with his ôgrass-mowing swordö

Date: 1834-1835

Robinson: S4b.5

 

Scene: Crown Prince Gon-no-suke Sumimoto (春宮権助純素) struggling with Tai no Jur˘ Masaharu, a retainer of Minamoto no Mitsunaka

Date: 1834-1835

Robinson: S4b.6

 

Scene: Inukawa S˘suke Yoshitaka (犬川荘介??) dealing with several thugs

Date: 1834-1835

Robinson: S4b.7

 

Scene: Inuda Kobungo Yasuyori (犬田小文吾忬順) wrestling a huge bull at the festival bullfight at Nijű, Koshi-g˘ri in Echigo Province

Date: c.1836

Robinson: S4c.1

 

Scene: Inuyama D˘setsu Tadatomo (犬山道節忠興) raising Murasame, his famous sword, as a fire burns behind him.á He was known for his ability to magically control fire.

Date: c.1836

Robinson: S4c.2

 

Scene: Fuse-hime saving her grandson Inue Shimby˘e Masashi

(犬江親兵衛仁) from a thunderbolt

Date: c.1836

Robinson: S4c.3

 

 

 

 

Scene: Iwanuma Kichirokuro Nobusato (岩沼吉六郎信里) defending himself against giant salamanders in a river

Date: c.1834-1835

Robinson: Not listed

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

 

Scene: Watanaba no Tsuna (渡辺源二綱) about to cut off the arm of the demon of Rash˘mon

Date: c.1834-1835

Robinson: Not listed

 

 

Key block print for above design

 

ôRobinsonö refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

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