Warrior triptychs

1847-1850, Part II

 

 

a

Title: Kenkyű yo-nen go-gwatsu no koro Udaish˘ Yoritomo- Fuji etc.

Description: Tadatsune receiving the charge of the giant wild boar, in a panorama of Yoritomoĺs hunting-party under Mount Fuji in June, 1193

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T200

 

NOTE: This triptych and the previous triptych may be placed side-by-side to form a six-sheet composition:

a & b

Kuniyoshi - (T201) Odai Matarokur˘ Yorisada, who has spitted three foemen on his spear & his henchman Iwatsu Tetsuyemon Shigenobu outside their burning castle

Title: The Battle at Odai (Shinshű Odai kassen no zu, 信州小田井合戦図)

Description: The last fight of Odai Matarokur˘ Yorisada, who has spitted three foemen on his spear and his henchman Iwatsu Tetsuemon Shigenobu outside their burning castle in the mid sixteenth century

Publisher: Kiyomizu-ya Naojir˘ (seal 通三清水)

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T201

Kuniyoshi - (T202) D˘ji Yoshiharu ( Horio Yoshiharu ) overthrowing a giant boar watched by warriors top right

Title: Inaba sanchű ni oite arajishi o ikedoritaru g˘yű o taish˘ no me ni tomari shinka to su

Description: D˘ji Yoshiharu (Horio Yoshiharu) fighting a giant boar with his bare hands watched by warriors among the trees

Publisher: Tajima-ya Sabur˘

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T202

Kuniyoshi - (T203)  Sat˘ Masakiyo (Kat˘ Kiyomasa) fighting two drunken r˘nin by a river watched by soldiers armed with staves, pub

Title: Sat˘ Masakiyo suiky˘ no r˘nin ry˘-ko no wo torihishigu zu

Description: Sat˘ Masakiyo (Kat˘ Kiyomasa) fighting two drunken r˘nin by a river watched by soldiers armed with staves

Publisher: Tajima-ya Sabur˘

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T203

Kuniyoshi - (T204) Ota Harunaga (Oda Nobunaga) observing resotration of the Kiyosu Castle, c

Title: Oda Harunaga-k˘ jo no hei hyakkannen kuzure (The Rebuilding of Lord Ota Harunaga's Castle Wall by Sarukichiro [Legendary Repair of Kiyosu Castle in Owari Province], 大田春長の城塀修復図 [清洲城割普請の図]) 

Description: The rebuilding of Kiyosu Castle in three days under the direction of Naka-ura Sarukichir˘ (Toyotomi Hideyoshi), who is shown reporting to Harunaga (Nobunaga)

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T204

Kuniyoshi - (T205) Defeat of Shibata Katsuiye by Hideyoshi at Shidzu-ga-mine in 1583; attack of Kat˘ Kiyomasa & his men carrying bamboo sticks in place of banners, to which severed heads are attached

Title: Shizu-ga-mine kassen no zu (Picture of the Battle of Shizu-ga-mine, 賤ヶ峯合戦之図)

Description: The defeat of Shibata Katsuie by Hideyoshi at Shizu-ga-mine in 1583: the attack of Kat˘ Kiyomasa (加藤清正) and his men carrying bamboo sticks in place of banners, to which severed heads are attached

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T205

Kuniyoshi - (T205) Defeat of Shibata Katsuiye by Hideyoshi at Shidzu-ga-mine in 1583; attack of Kat˘ Kiyomasa & his men carrying bamboo sticks in place of banners, to which severed heads are attached (Alt

Another state of the above design with a solid red title cartouche courtesy of Marc DeVriese

Kuniyoshi - (T205a) Battle of the Taira clan with an armoured general on horseback bearing a banner with the image of the god Fud˘ My˘-˘ among flames

Title: Shizu-ga-mine kassen no zu (Picture of the Battle of Shizu-ga-mine)

Description: At the Battle of Shizu-ga-mine in 1583: On the left, a swordsman defending himself and a young warrior with a sashimono (banner attached to the back of armor) bearing a figure of the god Fud˘ My˘-˘ charging; on the right, foemen in confusion and a duel between two mounted warriors

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T205a

 

NOTE: This triptych might form a double triptych with the preceding

Kuniyoshi - (T206) Akechi Mitsuharu with his horse at Karasaki

Title: Sono seki kokon mus˘ no yűshi Sama-no-suke Mitsuharu wa... (馬之助満晴琵琶湖渡)

Description: Akechi Mitsuharu (明智左馬之助) with his horse resting under the pine-tree of Karasaki on the shore of Lake Biwa after his defeat at the Battle of Uchide-hamna in 1582

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T206

Kuniyoshi - (T207) Battle in hilly country by a lake, Pub

Title: Picture of Famous Brave Warriors (Yűshi k˘my˘ no zu, 勇士高名之図)

Description: The title gives no clue, and the figures are not named, but this triptych is believed to portray the Battle of Shizugatake in 1583á

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya Jimbei

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T207

Kuniyoshi - (T208) Mimamoto Musashi & the Whale

Title: Miyamoto Musashi wa Higo no dan ni shite etc. (宮本武蔵の鯨退治)

Description: Miyamoto Musashi (top center) plunging his sword into an enormous whale off the coast of Higo

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T208

Kuniyoshi - (T209)  47 Ronin crossing Ryogoku bridge after their revenge (Gishi shijushichi-nin hommo wo toge),  Yuranosuke bowing to a mounted official, 1847-50

Title: Gishi shijűshichi-nin homm˘ wo toge (義士四拾七人本望を遂 人数をそろえて良黒橋を引取)

Description: The Forty-Seven R˘nin crossing Ry˘goku Bridge after carrying out their revenge with Yuranosuke bowing to a mounted official on the near side (center)

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T209

Kuniyoshi - (T209)  47 Ronin crossing Ryogoku bridge after their revenge (Gishi shijushichi-nin hommo wo toge),  Yuranosuke bowing to a mounted official, 1847-50 (Alt

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - (T210) Having Achieved Their Goal the Loyal Retainers Retreat to Sengokuji (Gishi honm˘ wo tasshite Sengokuji), 1847-52

Title: Gishi homm˘ wo tatsushite Sengokuji e hikitori katame no zu

Description: The Forty-Seven R˘nin assembling outside the temple after carrying out their revenge

Publisher: Yorozu-ya Kichibei

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T210

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Kuniyoshi - (T211) Image7

Title: Gitora homm˘ wo toge bozen e tamuke no zu

Description: The Forty-Seven R˘nin washing Moronaoĺs severed head in a well

Publisher: This seal is identified as Naka-Ni (Kinsh˘d˘) of Terifuri-ch˘ in Kuniyoshi by B. W. Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), but as Ebisu-ya Sh˘shichi in Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 2011)

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T211

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Kuniyoshi - (T212) Fight of Shirai Gonpachi, 1850

Title: None

Description: Yamanaka Dankur˘ (山中団九郎) shot with a pistol by the girl Kamegiku (かめぎく), while Shirai Gompachi (白井権八) fights a gang of ruffiansá

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi (called Tada-ya Takichi by Robinson)

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T212

Title: Yasubei no kataki-uchi (Yasubeiĺs Revenge, 易兵衛敵討)

Description: Yasubei engaging a number of opponents in a natural arena, watched by his mother and sister

Publisher: inside star, read as ôWoö or ôOö (This triptych also exists with the seal of the publisher Izumi-ya Ichibei)

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: T213

 

NOTE: Fig. 30 on pages 30 and 31 of Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) erroneously identified triptych T148 as this triptych.

Kuniyoshi - (TXXX)  The Forty-seven Ronin seated and squatting in a semi-circle, most holding their naginata (glaives), 1847-50, Pub

Title:

Description: The Forty-seven r˘nin seated and squatting in a semi-circle, most holding their naginata (glaives)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Date: 1847-1850

Robinson: Not listed

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for finding this 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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