Warrior triptychs

1832-1835

 

 

Kuniyoshi - (T 19) The battle in Yamashro Province, 1845

Title: Yamashiro no kuni Kasagi ishi-ie kassen no zu (The Battle of Kasagi Castle in Yamashiro Province, 山城之国笠城之石家合戦之図)

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 19) The battle in Yamashro Province, 1845 (Alt

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 21) drinking bout of (Minamoto) Raiko and his retainers with Shutendoji in his palace on Oeyama (Oeyama Shutendoji Sakeda no zu)

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 22) Nitta Ashikaga Great Ford Great Battle (NITTA ASHIKAGA O-WATASHI O-KASSEN), 1832

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

Sasaki Takatsuna and Kajiwara Kagetoki leading troops at the battle of Uji River, Pub

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.

Kuniyoshi - (T 23) Gyakushin Masakado wa Rokuro Kintsura ga isame no

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 23) Gyakushin Masakado wa Rokuro Kintsura ga isame no

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 23a) 100-5776 to 100-5778

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˘

T24

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.

Kuniyoshi - (T 25) First battle at the erecting of Yoshinaka's standard in Shinano (1180)- J˘ Shir˘ Nagamochi on horseback cutting at Tayű-b˘ Kakumei, & Tomoye-gozen killing Kurotsuka Hachir˘ (right)

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.

Kuniyoshi - (T 26) The battle of the Minatogawa on July 4, 1336- fighting on a hill with the Ashikaga fleet approaching in the distance

Title: Engen gwan-nen go-gwatsu nijűgo-nichi Minatogawa ˘-kassen (Great Battle of the Minato River on the 25th Day of the Fifth Month, 1336, 延元元年五月二十五日湊川大合戦)

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.

Kuniyoshi - (T 26a) Raik˘ cutting off head of Shuten D˘ji, which springs into, Raik˘'s 4 chief retainers (shitenn˘) are shown, Usui Sadamitsu, Sakata no Kintoki, Hirai Yasumasa, Urabe Suyetake & Genji Tsuna (killing a demon)

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 27) The Sage & worthy Kanshin (Han Xin) humiliated by being made to crawl through the legs of a fisherman much to the amusement of the latter's companions (Kanshin Matakuguri no zu)

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

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Another state of the above design

T27

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 28) Sanada Yoichi Yoshisiha & Matano Gor˘ Kegehisa Fighting at Ishibashiyama (Alt

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

Kuniyoshi - (T 28) Sanada Yoichi Yoshisiha & Matano Gor˘ Kegehisa Fighting at Ishibashiyama

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - (T 29) Igagoe kataki-uchi no zu (The Igagoe Revenge) (Yamashiro-ya Jinbei)

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.

Kuniyoshi - (T 29) Igagoe kataki-uchi no zu (The Igagoe Revenge) (S˘shű-ya Yohei)

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).

Kuniyoshi - (T 29a) Ise no Kami Yoshitsune and his retainer Kumai Tar˘ preparing to defend Horikawa Palace against the attack of Tosa-b˘ Sh˘shun and his men, who are seen approaching in the background

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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