Heroes Matched to the Five Colors

(Eiyû goshiki awase, 英勇五色合)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

1857

 

The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

Color: Red (Akai, )

Scene: Satsuma no Kami Tadanori (薩摩守忠度) holding down Okabe Rokuyata Tadazumi (岡部六弥太忠澄) under a large pine tree with the latter’s retainer approaching

Robinson: S91.1

 

 

Color: White (Shiroi, )

Scene: Kashiwade no Hanoshi (部使) wrestling a tiger in a cave

Robinson: Not listed

 

Color: Blue (Aoi, )

Scene: Imata Chikahira Rokunoritsuna (猪俣近平六則綱) and Koshinaka Zenji Shogo (越中前司盛後) fighting with a mountain range behind

Robinson: Not listed

 

Color: Black (Kuroi, )

Scene: Shinda Koichi Yoshisada (真田興一義貞) and Matano Gorô (aka Kagehisa, 俣野五郎景久) fighting on rocky terrain under a full moon

Robinson: Not listed

 

Robinson identified this drawing as being for an unpublished print in this series.  Unfortunately it contains no text, other than Kuniyoshi’s signature, and therefore the combatants cannot be identified. 

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

aka” = also known as

 

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