Comparison of the Famous Horses of Brilliant Soldiers

(Buyei meiba kurabe, 武英名馬競 )

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tôbei



This series shows famous warriors with their horses.  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.  I am grateful to Keiko Brand and Tommy Crouch for assisting with this section. 


Soldier: Kumagae Jirô Naozane (熊谷次郎直実, 1141-1208) holding the severed head of Atsumori (敦盛)

Horse: Unnamed

Robinson: S50.1


I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.




Soldier: Takeda Shingen (武田信玄, 1521-1573) seated in full armor holding prayer beads and a short staff

Horse: Chôô or Asazakura (朝桜)

Robinson: S50.2



Soldier: Sasaki Shirô Takatsuna (佐々木四郎高綱, 1160-1124) seated on a rock in armor holding an open fan

Horse: Ikezuki (生月)

Robinson: S50.3



Soldier: Kajiwara Genta Kagesue (梶原源太景季, 1162-1200)  

Horse: Surusumi (磨墨) 

Robinson: Unlisted




Soldier: Oguri Kojiro Sukeshige (小栗小次郎助重, c. 1413-1481)

Horse: Onikage (鬼鹿毛)

Robinson: Unlisted


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