Warrior triptychs

1836-1838

 

 

Title: Higo no kuni Mizumata no kaij˘ nite Tametomo nampű chii etc. (肥後の国水俣の海上にて為朝難風に遭ふ...)

Description: Tarnetomoĺs ship wrecked in a storm by a dragon in the clouds and a great fish with tengu flying to the rescue

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T30

Title: Untitled

Description: Asahina Sabur˘ on the seashore with a group of strange inhabitants of foreign lands

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T31

Title: Yoshitsune no kenin ikki-tosen no niju-ikki no zu (Yoshitsune and his twenty one retainers on a ship, 義経之家人一騎当千廾一騎之図)

Description: Yoshitsune and his nineteen chief retainers in a ship

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T32

 

NOTE: This triptych is very similar to T82c an to T319.

Title: Miyamoto Musashi Shirakura ka dokushu no etc. (宮本無三四白倉毒手ů)

Description: Miyamoto Musashi bursting out of the bathhouse, to the consternation of Shirakura Gengoemon, his wife, and followers, who had intended to boil him alive there

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T33

 

NOTE: The signature reads ĹCh˘-˘-r˘ Kuniyoshi gaĺ.

Title: Kusunoki Masashige no shin Tsujikaze Itamochi no ry˘-yűshi Fujiidera no kassen ni Kazu-uji wo ikedokoro zu (楠正成の臣辻風板持の両勇士葛井寺の合戦に員氏を生捕図)

Description: The Battle of Fujiidera in driving rain: Kazu-uji and Moronao, the Ashikaga generals, seized by the Kusunoki (1348)

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T34

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Title: Kenkyű yo-nen go-gwatsu nijűhachi-nichi Fuji no Susono Soga ky˘dai yo-uchi homm˘ no zu

Description: The Soga brothers knocking over foe in the camp enclosure after killing Suketsune (June 28, 1193)

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T35

Title: Inuzaka Keno Tanetomo ďmori to Suzu-no-mori no etc.

Description: The three Hakkenden heroes Inuzaka Keno Tanetomo, Inuda Kobungo and Inukawa Sh˘suke Yoshitomo engaged in a running fight with numerous opponents; Mount Fuji behind

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T36

Title: Nitta Yoshisada Ashikaga Taka-uji ˘-kassen

Description: The great battle (probably of Hyogo in

1335) between Nitta Yoshisada and Ashikaga Taka-uji: a general melee, with Shinozuka Iga no Kami grappling with Sat˘ T˘t˘mi no Kami (left)

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T37

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: Gempei kassen (源平合戦): Settsu Banshű no sakai Naniwa-gata Heike no etc.

Description: Battle on the shore outside the fortified Taira camp at Ichi-no-tani (1184): Hirayama Sueshige (right), Kumagae Naozane (center), Kumagae Sada-ie and Etchű Moritsugu (left)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T38

Title: Zushű Ishibashiyama Tobi-no-gake ni Minamoto no Yoritomo seijű shichi-ki gaboku no naka ni kakure zu (On Kite Cliff at Ishibashiyama in Izu Province, Minamoto Yoritomo and His Seven Followers Hide in a Hollow Tree, 豆州石橋山鳶之崖 ニ源頼朝主従七騎 臥木之中ニ隠ル図)

Description: The Battle of Ishibashiyama (1180) in the rain, showing Yoritomo and his seven companions hiding in the hollow tree, and the combat of Kagehisa with Yoshisada

Publisher: Ise-ya Rihei (listed as Ebi-ya Rinnosuke in Robinson)

Date: c. 1836

Robinson: T39

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

Title: Akasaka no shuku nite Ushiwaka Maru g˘t˘ wo kiru

Description: Ushiwaka fighting Ch˘han and his gang at the post station

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: c.1836

Robinson: T40

Another state of the above design with black sky courtesy of Marc DeVriese

Title: Hakkenden no uchi: H˘ryűkaku (Horyu tower from Tale of Eight Dogs, 八犬傳之内法流閣)

Description: Inuzuka Shino at bay on the H˘ryűkaku roof against Inukai Kempachi and his men, a favorite episode from the Hakkenden

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1836-1837

Robinson: T41

Title: Iga Kozuke adauchi no zu (伊賀上野仇討ち圖, Revenge at Kozuke in Iga)

Description: A battle on a plain outside a castle. Sakuragi Rinzaemon fleeing on horseback (left), his followers chased by Karaki Masaemon (right), while others are engaged by Ishidome Busuke (right); in the background are Ubudai Rekishiro (left) racing to the assistance of Ikezoe Magohachi (centre) who is engaged with Azumaki Kurobei, and Sawai Matagoro with Wada Shizuma

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1836-1837

Robinson: T41a (not in Robinson)

Title: Inuyama D˘setsu Tadatomo shujin Orima-uji no kataki isoko no etc.

Description: Battle from the Hakkenden with a burning castle in the distance; Inukai Kempachi and Inumura Daikaku in white coats; Inuyama D˘setsu and Inuzuka Shino in armor

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1836-1837

Robinson: T42

Title: á

Description: The battle of Kurikaradani (1183) by moonlight: Tomoe-gozen heaving a rock upon foemen clinging to a steep bank (left), Kiso Yoshinaka grappled with Mikawa no Kami Tomonori (center), and warriors fighting on a road

(right)

Publisher: No seal

Date: c. 1837-1838

Robinson: T43

Another state of the above design

Title: Minamoto no Raik˘ j˘raku Sagami no kuni Ashigarayama ni etc.

Description: Genji Tsuna watches Kwaid˘ Maru knocking a bear cub over a precipice; the latterĺs mother Yama-uba (left) is also present

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Date: c. 1837-1838

Robinson: T44

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

Title: Udaish˘ Yoritomo-k˘ Heike tsuit˘ to shite Kama no Kanja Noriyo

Description: Reception of Yoshitsune and Noriyori by Yoritomo and his assembled nobles after their victory over the Taira

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1837-1838

Robinson: T45

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Another state of the above design without shading (bokashi) in the water on the folding screen

Title: The Earth Spider Slain by Raik˘'s Retainers (Minamoto no Yorimitsu no Shitenn˘ tsuchigumo taiji no zu, 源頼光の四天王土蜘退治之図)

Description: Raik˘ĺs retainers about to kill the Earth-Spider in the midst of its web

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

Date: c. 1838

Robinson: T46

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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