Mirror of Military Excellence and Fierce Courage

(Buyei môyû kagami, 武英猛勇鏡)

Publisher: Ise-ya Sanjirô

c. 1836


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


Scene: Hirotsune, the Taira turncoat, and Yukiuji

Robinson: S7.1


Image courtesy of Michael Reiss


This state lacks the publisher’s seal (at the bottom edge).  Most likely, this was printed by a second publisher who purchased the woodblocks from Ise-ya Sanjirô.


Scene: Kintoki (坂田公時) and the serpent

Robinson: S7.2


Scene: Gozen Gorô Maru (御所五郎丸重宗) Shigemune seizing Soga Gorô Tokimune (曽我五郎時宗)  

Robinson: S7.3





Scene: Tomoye-gozen throttling Uchida Saburô by a waterfall

Robinson: S7.4


Scene: Minamoto no Ushiwaka Maru (源牛若丸) and Musashi-bô Benkei (武英猛勇鏡) on Gojô Bridge (五条橋) with bats and a full moon

Robinson: S7.5



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