Mirror of Our Country’s Heroes

(Honchô eiyû kagami, 本朝英雄鏡)

Publisher: Kaga-ya Kichiemon

1858

 

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

 

Hero: Kudô Shôhei Mototsugu with a battleaxe in front of a waterfall

Robinson: S92.1

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

 

Hero: Sasaki Shirobei Takatsuna (佐々木四郎兵衛高綱) crossing the Uji River under the ancient pine tree of Karasaki

Robinson: S92.2

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

 

 

Hero: Satô Shirobei Tadanobu with a go board

Robinson: S92.3

 

I am grateful to Harry van der Krogt for this image

 

Hero: Yamaki Hangwan Kanetaka in his mansion with one of Yoritomo’s men behind a shôji screen exposing a helmet on the tip of a naginata (pole arm)

Robinson: S92.4

 

Hero: Yamamoto Kansuke Haruyuki (山本勘介晴幸) mortally wounded in the Battle of Kawanakajima being given a drink of water by a follower

Robinson: S92.5

 

Another state of the above design

 

Hero: Denju Shôsuke Iyeteru (傳壽勝助舎照) retrieving Shibata Katsuiye’s gohei (standard)

Robinson: S92.6

 

Hero: Ishikawa Tôsuke Sadatomo at night under a hail of arrows holding a severed head with his foot on a slain foe

Robinson: S92.7

 

I am grateful to Sebastien Lacambre (Ukiyoe-art) for this image

  

 

Hero: Marino Takamaru Sadamasa (鞠野鷹丸長定) in a pine tree

Robinson: Not listed

 

Hero: Inoda Magohei Tokiharu (猪田孫平時春) gripping a short spear on a dark night

Robinson: Not listed

 

Hero: Odai Matarokurô (小田井又六郎) breaking a sake jar with the end of a spear while others are drinking in the background, during the war with Takeda Shingen

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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