Eighteen Generals of Echigo Province

(Echigo jűhassh˘, 越後十八将)

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Kihei

1854

 

Takeda Shingen of Kai Province conquered Shinano Province in 1547, expelling Murakami Yoshiharu and Ogasawara Nagatoki, who turned to Uyesugi Kenshin of Echigo Province for help.á A series of battles between the forces of Takeda Shingen and the forces of Uyesugi Kenshin were fought on the plain of Kawanakajima in the northern Shinano Province near the modern-day city of Nagano.á The five major battles took place in 1553, 1555, 1557, 1561 and 1564.á Although the number of prints in this series is unknown, Robinson lists only these two designs.á The Echigo generals were Fushiki-in Dais˘dzu Kenshin-k˘, Amakazu ďmi no Kami, Arakawa Idzu no Kami, Honsh˘ Yagor˘, Iimori Settsu no Kami, Kakizaki Idzumi no Kami, Karazaki Sama-no-suke, Momonoi Sanuki no Kami, Mori Kadzusa no Suke, Nagai Tamba no Kami, Naoye Nyűd˘, Naoye Yamashiro no Kami, Onikojima Yatar˘, Sait˘ Shimotsuke no Kami, Shikiyama Su˘ no Kami, Shint˘ Dewa no Kami, Takanashi Gengor˘, Usami Suruga no Kami and Uyesugi Kiheiji Kagekatsu.á The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

 

General: Arakawa Idzu no Kami Tamemitsu (荒川伊豆守為光) adjusting the sleeve of his armor with the armorĺs storage box behind him

Robinson: S83.1

 

Title: Kanetsugu of Noeyama Castle (直江山城兼次)

Description: Naoye Yamashiro Kanetsugu seated in armor on a fur rug with his sashimono (flag attached to the back of armor) bearing a mon of three snails

Robinson: S83.2

 

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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