Heroes for the Eight Views

(G˘ketsu hakkei, 豪傑八罫)

Publisher: Tsuji-Kawa

1847-1848

In eleventh century China, eight views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers developed as a formalized series of landscape paintings.á They represented views of the rivers and wetlands around Lake Dongting.á The same eight viewsľautumn moon, lingering snow, evening glow, vesper bells, returning boats, clearing weather, night rain and homing geeseľare likened to Japanese heroes in this series of prints.á The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

View: Autumn Moon at Toba (Toba akizuki, 鳥羽秋月)

Hero: End˘ Musha Morit˘

Robinson: S52.1

 

View: Lingering Snow at the hermitĺs cell

Hero: áMiyamoto Musashi on his way to see Bukoden

Robinson: S52.2

 

View: Evening Glow at Hy˘go (Hyogo yusho, 兵庫夕照)

Hero: Heish˘koku Kiyomori Nyűd˘ J˘kai

Robinson: S52.3

 

View: Vesper Bells at Nara (Nanto no bansho, 南都の晩鐘)

Hero: Kadzusa Shichibei Kagekiyo

Robinson: S52.4

 

View: Returning Boats at Hakata (Hakata kihan, 博多帰帆)

Hero: The pirate, Kezori Kuyemon, in European clothes

Robinson: S52.5

 

View: Clearing Weather at Mt. Shimahiro

Hero: Musashi Gor˘ Sadayo defending himself against a flight of arrows at the battle of Mt. Shimahiro

Robinson: S52.6

 

View: Night Rain at Kurama

Hero: Onz˘shi Ushiwaka Maru holding his straw hat under a stream of water

Robinson: S52.7

 

View: Homing Geese at ďkawa (ďkawa rakugan, 大川落雁)

Hero: ďkawa Kumoyemon carrying a bow

Robinson: S52.8

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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