Mirror of Military Excellence and Fierce Courage

(Buyei m˘yű kagami, 武英猛勇鏡)

Publisher: Ise-ya Sanjir˘

c. 1836

 

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

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Military Excellence & Fierce Courage (S 7

 

Title: Tosa-bo Horikawa Gosho e ya-utsu

Scene: Hirotsune, the Taira turncoat, and Yukiuji

Robinson: S7.1

 

Image courtesy of Michael Reiss

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Military Excellence & Fierce Courage (S 7

 

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

 

This keyblock print (ky˘g˘ or ky˘gozuri-e), for the above design, is an impression pulled from the first woodblock made by a carver from Kuniyoshiĺs original drawing.

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Military Excellence & Fierce Courage (S 7

 

Title: Kaido-shi ato ni Sakata Kintoki

Scene: Kintoki (坂田公時) and the serpent

Robinson: S7.2

 

Keyblock print for the above design

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Military Excellence & Fierce Courage (S 7

 

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

Robinson: S7.3

 

 

 

 

Keyblock print for the above design

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Military Excellence & Fierce Courage (S 7

 

Scene: Tomoye-gozen throttling Uchida Sabur˘ by a waterfall

Robinson: S7.4

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Military Excellence & Fierce Courage (S 7

 

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

Robinson: S7.5

 

 

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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