Warrior triptychs

1832-1835

 

 

Title: Yamashiro no kuni Kasagi ishi-ie kassen no zu

Description: Defence of Kasagi Castle by the loyalists against the Rokuhara forces (1331) with tree trunks and rocks being hurled down on the attackers

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Date: c. 1832

Robinson: T19

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

Title: Kuramayama no zu

Description: Ushiwaka Maru practicing fencing with the tengu under the direction of S˘j˘-b˘ with Kisanda in attendance

Publisher: ďmi-ya Heihachi (listed as Yezaki-ya Tatsuz˘ in Robinson)

Date: c. 1832

Robinson: T20

Title: ďeyama Shuten-d˘ji shűzui no zu (The Drinking Party of the Shutend˘ji at Mount ďe, 大江山酒天童子酒宴之図)

Description: The drinking bout of Raik˘ and his retainers with the Shuten-d˘ji in the latterĺs palace on Mount ďeyama

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1832

Robinson: T21

Title: Nitta Ashikaga ˘-watashi ˘-kassen

Description: Nitta Yoshisada and his troops swimming across a river (probably the Iruma River) by a broken bridge to attack a fortified position on the opposite bank

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Date: c.1832

Robinson: T22

Title:

Description: Sasaki Takatsuna (佐々木 高綱) and Kajiwara Kagetoki (梶原 景時) leading troops at the battle of Uji River

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘á

Date: c.1832

Robinson: T22a (not in Robinson)

 

I am grateful to Vana Johnson for this image.

Title: Gyakushin Masakado wa Rokur˘ Kintsura ga isame no etc.

Description: Musashi Gor˘ Sadayo striking Rokur˘ Kintsura with his fan before the latterĺs brother Masakado

Publisher: Akamatsu-ya Sh˘tar˘

Date: c. 1833-1834

Robinson: T23

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

This is an altered version of the above triptych to depict a scene from an 1834 production of the kabuki play Tokiwa Ima Shusse no Ukesho (時今出世券).á The actors from left to right are Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Takechi Mitsuhide, Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Ranmaru, and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Harunaga.

Date: 9th month of 1834

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Akamatsu-ya Sh˘tar˘

Title: Shimotsuke no kuni Nasu no hara kimm˘ hakumen kyűbi no akko taiji no zu

Description: The Nine-tailed Fox slain on Nasu moor by Miura-no-suke Tsunetane and Kazusa no Suke Hirotsune

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: c. 1834

Robinson: T24

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Title: Yoshinaka hata-age kassen no zu

Description: The first battle at the erecting of Yoshinakaĺs standard in Shinano (1180): J˘ Shir˘ Nagamochi on horseback (left) cutting at Tayű-b˘ Kakumei (center), and Tomoe-gozen killing Kurotsuka Hachir˘ (right)

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Date: c. 1834

Robinson: T25

 

NOTE: This triptych was reissued in 1845 with numerous alterations as T160.á The title was changed to Takeda Uesugi Kawanakajima ˘-kassen no zu, Nagamochi became Uesugi Kenshin, Tayű-b˘ became Takeda Shingen and the right hand sheet blocks were recut to eliminate Tomoe-gozen.

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: Engen gwan-nen go-gwatsu nijűgo-nichi Minatogawa ˘-kassen

Description: The battle of the Minatogawa on July 4, 1336: fighting on a hill with the Ashikaga fleet approaching in the distance

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Date: c. 1834

Robinson: T26

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Title: Untitled

Description: Raik˘ cutting off the head of the monster Shuten D˘ji, which springs in the air.á Raik˘ĺs four chief retainers (shitenn˘) are shown, left to right, Usui Sadamitsu, Sakata no Kintoki, Hirai Yasumasa, Urabe Suetake, and Genji Tsuna (killing a demon)á

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Date: c.1835

Robinson: T26a

Title: Kanshin mata-kuguri no zu (韓信骻潜之圖, The Humility of Kanshin)

Description: Kanshin crawling between the legs of a fisherman, to the amusement of the latterĺs companions

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: T27

Another state of the above design

A later printing, c. 1843, with the seal of the censor, Tanaka

Title: Sanada no Yoichi Yoshihisa, Matano no Gor˘ Kagehisa (真田与市能久 俣野五郎景久, Sanada no Yoichi Yoshihisa and Matano no Gor˘ Kagehisa)

Description: Struggle between Yoshihisa and Kagehisa at the Battle of Ishibashiyama in 1180

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: T28

 

NOTE: The name ôYoshihisaö was erroneously substituted for ôYoshitadaö.á

Another state of the above design

Title: Igagoe kataki-uchi no zu (The Igagoe Revenge, 伊賀敵討図)

Description: Karaki Masaemon (center) fighting against superior forces; Busuke and Magohachi defending a bridge (right); spectators in the background

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya Jinbei (山甚板)

Date: c.1835

Robinson: T29

 

NOTE: Kuniyoshiĺs signature, the censorĺs seal, and the publisherĺs seal are on the wooden post in the left sheet.

This triptych differs from the previous state in that the publisherĺs seal (best seen on the wooden post in the left sheet) is that of S˘shű-ya Yohei (近總與) instead of Yamashiro-ya Jinbei (山甚板).

Title:

Description: Ise no Kami Yoshitsune (伊後守義経) and his retainer Kumai Tar˘ (熊井 太郎) preparing to defend Horikawa Palace against the attack of Tosa-b˘ Sh˘shun (土佐坊昌俊) and his men, who are seen approaching in the background.

Publisher: not indicated on the one sheet seen by Robinson

Date: c.1835

Robinson: T29a

 

NOTE: This is the right-hand sheet of a triptych

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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