Individual Warrior Prints

1820 - 1830

These prints are listed in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement as S1a.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Ôta Saemon-dayû Mochisuke (usually known as Ôta Dôkwan) with a maiden offering him a spray of yamabuki

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Date: c. 1815-1820

Robinson: S1a.1

Soga Hako-o Maru (S1a

 

Scene: Hako-ô Maru (Soga Gorô) with hands clasped in prayer before a statue of Fudô in front of a waterfall

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Date: c. 1820

Robinson: S1a.1a

  

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

Scene: Oki Jirô Hiroari (隠岐次郎廣有) killing a huge tengu against a dark background with flames coming from the tengu’s mouth

Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Date: c. 1820

Robinson: S1a.2

 

NOTE: Tengu are forest-dwelling creatures that are either human-like with wings and long noses or bird-like.  Robinson lists the publisher as Izumi-ya Ichibei, but this example bears the seal of Nishimura-ya Yohachi.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this alternate state of the above design.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: The severed head of Shuten-dôji swooping on the helmet of Raikô

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1820

Robinson: S1a.3

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Takeda Katsuchiyo Maru (Takeda Shingen in boyhood) making a slash at a raccoon dog (tanuki)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.4

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Kane-jo, a strong woman from Ômi Province, stopping the runaway temple horse

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.5

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Sasaki Saburô Moritsuna holding a dirk in his mouth strangling the fisherman Tôdayû

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.6

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Another state of the above print

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

This is yet another state of the same print.  Sasaki Saburô Moritsuna’s coat is not only red instead of blue, but it has a different pattern, which means that it was printed from a different woodblock.  Sasaki Saburô Moritsuna’s black hat and Tôdayû’s blue garment also have different patterns.  A careful comparison of other details, such as the text and Tôdayû’s straw skirt, indicates that they were printed from the same woodblocks.  The reason for replacing some, but not all, of the woodblocks cannot be known with certainty.  The original blocks may have been damage, lost or worn-out.  Alternatively, the garments may have been modified to match those worn in a new dramatic production. 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Title: Tenjiku Tokubei (天竺徳兵衛)

Scene: Magician Tenjiku Tokubei seated on a giant toad

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.7

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Kamigashi-hime (神我志姫) thrusting her spear down on an earth-spider, which has emerged from its hole below her to drink from a stream

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichizô Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.8

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image of a later edition published by Sano-ya Kihei (seal name Sanoki 佐野喜)

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Saitô Oniwaka Maru (Benkei in boyhood), a dirk held in his teeth, fighting a giant carp at the Bishamon Waterfall

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichizô

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.9

 

Image courtesy of Richard Illing

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Washinowo Saburô killing a huge wild boar

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichizô

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.10

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Kumagae Naosada overcoming a black bear in the mountains of Musashi

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.11

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Asahina Saburô shouldering the gate of Hôjô Yoshitoki’s palace

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.12

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Matano no Gorô Kagehisa and Sanada no Yoichi Munesada wrestling at the battle of Ishibashiyama in 1180

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: S1a.13

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image of another state of the above design.

 

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Title: Higuchi Jirô (樋口冶郎)

Scene: Higuchi Jirô (Kanemitsu) on a wooded mountainside struggling with a giant monkey which grips his sword-blade between its teeth

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichizô

Date: c. 1825

Robinson: S1a.14

 

NOTE: This print is the frontispiece of Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithica, NY, 1982)

Higuchi Jiro (S1a

 

Another state of the above print

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Kawazu Sukeyasu throwing Matano Kagehisa in a sumô match under tent drapery bearing the Kudô mon 

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1825

Robinson: S1a.15

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

  

 

Scene: Takiguchi U-toneri Watanabe no Tsuna about to cut off the arm of the demon of Rashômon

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1825

Robinson: S1a.16

 

Another state of the above design

 

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Scene: Matsui Tamijirô attacking a monstrous serpent in the mountains

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichizô

Date: c. 1825

Robinson: S1a.17

  

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Title: Yogo Shôgun Taira no Koremochi (余吾将軍平維茂)

Scene: Yogo Shôgun Taira no Koremochi killing the demon-woman at Togakushi-yama with a downward thrust of his sword

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1828

Robinson: S1a.18

Kuniyoshi - (S 1a

 

Title: Miyamoto Musashi (美家本武蔵)

Scene: Miyamoto Musashi killing a monstrous bat in the mountains of Tamba Province beside a river by moonlight

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1830

Robinson: S1a.19

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1x

 

Scene: Abe no Sadatô defending himself against two ruffians

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: not listed

No6 - Mochizuki Saburo Kaneie; Pub

 

Scene: Mochizuki Saburô Kaneie (Koga Omi-no-Kami) observing a dragon from a suspended basket

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: c. 1825-1830

Robinson: not listed

“Robinson” 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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