Set of Famous Leading Heroes

(Nagashira eiyű soroi, 名頭英雄揃)

1856

 

In this series of warrior prints, the initial kanji of the warriorĺs name, sometimes highly stylized, is prominently displayed in the upper-left cartouche.á The prints in this series are each about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

Kanji:

Hero: Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide (朝比奈) breaking down the great gate during the Wada Rebellion against the Hojo in 1213

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Robinson: S89.1

 

I am grateful to John Bassett for this image.

 

 

Kanji:

Hero: Gen Sarnmi Yorimasa (源三位頼政), attended by I no Hayata, taking aim at the nuye above the Imperial Palace

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

Robinson: S89.2

 

NOTE: The nuye was a beast with the head of a monkey, the claws of a tiger, the back of a badger and a snake for a tail.á It spent its nights on the roof of the Emperorĺs palace, causing him grave illness until it was slain by I no Hayata Hironoa.

 

Kanji:

Hero: H˘z˘-in Kakuzen seated on a river-bank by moonlight holding a spear with an owl in a pine tree beside him

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Robinson: S89.3

 

Kanji:

Hero: The robber chief Kumasaka Ch˘han (熊坂長はん) receiving a cup of sake from one of his men while another keeps watch in a tree

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Robinson: S89.4

 

 

Kanji: Possibly

Hero: Miyamoto Musashi (宮本無三四) defeating his enemy Sasaki Ganryű (佐々木岸柳) on the seashore using only two sticks against Ganryűĺs sword

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Robinson: S89.5

 

Kanji:

Hero: Nitta Shir˘ Tadatsune (仁田四郎忠常) killing the monstrous wild boar during Yoritomoĺs hunting party on the moor below Mount Fuji

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

Robinson: S89.6

 

 

Kanji:

Hero: Sasaki Sabur˘ Moritsuna (佐々木三郎盛綱) in armor with a court cap on a rock above the Inland Sea while the fisherman T˘dayű points out the shallows where troops can cross

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

Robinson: S89.7

 

Another state of the above design

 

Kanji:

Hero: Sat˘ Tadanobu (佐藤忠信) wearing Yoshitsuneĺs armor leaping down on Yokogawa Kakuhan from the snow-covered roof of the Yoshino Temple

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

Robinson: S89.8

 

Kanji:

Hero: Ushiwaka Maru (牛若) and Benkei (弁けい) on Goj˘ Bridge by moonlight

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Robinson: S89.9

 

 

Kanji:

Hero: Yoshioka Kanefusa (吉岡兼房) battling ruffians with a phoenix bird (howo) above

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Robinson: Not listed

 

 

 

Kanji:

Hero: Hako-˘ Maru (箱王丸), the childhood mame of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune (五郎時宗) praying to Fud˘ My˘-˘

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Robinson: Not listed

 

Kanji:

Hero: Probably Yoshisada (義貞)

Publisher:

Robinson: Not listed

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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