Warrior triptychs

1851-1852, Part II

 

 

Kuniyoshi - (T270) Rokuhara han t˘ji kwaisen

Title: Rokuhara han t˘ji gosen (六波羅坂東寺会戦)

Description: The fight at the Eastern Temple, Rokuhara in Kyoto defended by the H˘j˘ against Mega Magosabur˘ Nagamune (left) and the Imperial troops in 1333

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Date: 1851-1852

Robinson: T270

Kuniyoshi - (T271)

Title: Nanke yűshi Shij˘-nawate nite uchijini (Last Stand of the Kusunoki Heroes at Shijo-Nawate, 楠家勇士四條畷にて討死)

Description: Masatsura (left), Masatomo (center) and Genshű (right) at the last stand of the Kusunoki at Shij˘-nawate in 1348

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Date: 1851-1852

Robinson: T271

Kuniyoshi - (T271a) Direct encounter of the household troops of Kenshin and Shingen at the Battle of Kawanakajima

Title: Kawanakajima kassen Kenshin Shingen no hatamoto-e norikomi jikisen no zu (Direct encounter of the household troops of Kenshin and Shingen at the Battle of Kawanakajima, 川中島合戦謙信信玄の 旗本へ乗込直線の図)

Description: Kenshin, center (here given his full names and titles: Uyesugi Danj˘-no-daihitsu Terutora Nyűd˘ Kenshin) leading a furious charge (center) as the Takeda troops break before him

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Date: 1851-1852

Robinson: T271a

Kuniyoshi - (T272) Image3

Title: Gishi homm˘ wo togeru no zu

Description: Moronao and one of his retainers captured and surrounded by the Forty-Seven R˘nin with the captives being addressed by Yuranosuke

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

Date: 1851-1852

Robinson: T272

Kuniyoshi - (T273) The Forty-seven Ronin in council in their lord's palace

Title: Gishi hy˘jű no zu (47 Ronin in Council in Their Lordĺs Palace, 義士評定之図)

Description: The Forty-Seven R˘nin in council in their lordĺs palace

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

Date: 1851-1852

Robinson: T273

Kuniyoshi - (T274) Hatsuhana is in a waterfall praying for the recovery of her crippled husband, Iinuma Katsugoro, at Hakone mountains while Shimoda Fudesuke is in battle, 1851-2

Title: Untitled

Description: Takiguchi (left); Katsugor˘ and the ghost of Hatsuhana under the waterfall (center); and Hananosuke engaging assailants on a hillside (right) with a sunrise behind Takiguchi

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Date: 1851-1852

Robinson: T274

Kuniyoshi - (T275) Ashikaga Taka-uji presiding at the preparation of a feast, 1852

Title: Ashikaga Takaujiĺs Judging Scene (Ashikaga Taka-uji hy˘j˘ no zu, 足利尊氏評定圖)

Description: Ashikaga Taka-uji presiding at the preparation of a feast

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: Rat 3, April-May 1852

Robinson: T275

Kuniyoshi - (T276) Loyal Retainers And Faithful Samurai, 1852

Title: Seichű gishi no kikigaki no uchi: uchi-iri homm˘ no zu

Description: The Forty-Seven R˘nin scaling the wall of Moronaoĺs palace with bamboo ladders by moonlight

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

Date: Rat 3, April-May 1852

Robinson: T276

Kuniyoshi - (T277) Popular History of the 3 Kingdoms, Cho-he (Chang-Fei) defending Chohan Bridge against Soso

Title: Sangokushi: Ch˘han hashi no zu Sangokushi Chohan hashi no zu (The Three Kingdoms: Chohan Bridge, 三国志長坂橋圖)

Description: Ch˘hi (center) defending Ch˘han Bridge, mounted on a black charger and carrying his formidable spear with S˘s˘ fleeing on horseback (left)

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T277

Kuniyoshi - (T278) scene of Sangokushi (the Romance of the three kingdoms), Zhong-da surrounding Kong-ming's palace, 1852

Title: Chűtatsu K˘mei kakomi no zu (The Castle of Komei Beleaguered by the Shiba Army, 仲達孔明囲図)

Description: The castle of K˘mei beleaguered by the Shiba army

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T278

Kuniyoshi - (T279) Prince Sh˘toku, mounted and attended, quelled Mononobe no Moriya with a death-ray glance in 587 BCE

Title: Sh˘toku Taishi Mononobe no Moriya chűbatsu no zu

Description: Prince Sh˘toku, mounted and attended, quelled Mononobe no Moriya with a death-ray glance in 587 BCE

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T279

Kuniyoshi - (T280) carying a giant head, 201-4349 to 201-4351

Title: Raik˘ ďyeyama kijin no zu

Description: The triumphant return of Raik˘ and his men with the monstrous head of the Shuten-d˘ji

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T280

Kuniyoshi - (T281) Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide breaking down the great gate, 1852

Title: Wada kassen: Yoshihide s˘mon wo oshi-yaburu

Description: Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide breaking down the great gate during the revolt of the Wada against the H˘j˘ in 1213

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T281

Kuniyoshi - (T282) Tosa-bo Shoshun brought as a captive by Benkei before Yoshitsune & Shizuka-gozen (Horikawa Youchi no Zu)

Title: Horikawa yo-uchi no zu

Description: Tosa-b˘ Sh˘shun brought captive by Benkei before Yoshitsune and Shizuka-gozen

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T282

Kuniyoshi - (T283) Yorimoto watching the hunting at the foot of Mt

Title: Minamoto no Yoritomo- Fuji-mine maki-gari no zu

Description: Comical panoramic representation of Yoritomoĺs hunting party under Mount Fuji

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T283

Title: The Great Battle at Kawanakajima (K˘yetsu Kawanakajima ˘-kassen, 甲越川中島大合戦)

Description: Cavalry engagement amid rolling clouds of battle smoke at the battle of Kawanakajima

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T284

 

NOTE: This triptych was strongly influenced by European prints

Kuniyoshi - (T284) The Big Battle in Kawanaka Island at the Border of the Provinces of Kai & Echigo

This is another state of the above print in which the entire sky is darkened by smoke.

Kuniyoshi - (T285) Image2

Title: Chűshingura yo-uchi no zu

Description: The night attack of the Forty-Seven R˘nin: the fighting in the garden spreads to Moronaoĺs palace, where he is being hidden by his retainers behind a picture

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T285

 

This triptych may be placed side-by-side with triptych T249 to form a six sheet composition

T249 & T285

Kuniyoshi - (T286) Polo match between the Taira and Minamoto Clans, pub Sawa-ya K˘kichi, 1850

Title: Gempei bajutsu mari-ashi-sobi no zu

Description: A game of dakyű (similar to polo)

Publisher: Sawa-ya K˘kichi

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T286

Kuniyoshi - (T287) Fuwa Banzaemon Trying to Frighten Nagoya Sanzabur˘ & Takagi Umanosuke with an Inflated Ghost (Hocho sanyushi), Takagi Umanosuke in L panel

Title: Honch˘ sanyűshi (本朝三勇士, Three Brave Warriors of Our Country)

Description: Fuwa Banzayemon (不破伴左衛門) trying to frighten Nagoya Sanzabur˘ (名古屋山三郎) and Umanosuke (高木馬之助) with an inflated figure of a ghost in a ruined temple

Publisher: Kaga-ya Yasubei

Date: Rat 6, July-August 1852

Robinson: T287

Kuniyoshi - (T287a) Interior of Moronao's palace just after r˘nin burst in- their rush is met by group of Moronao's retainers (L) while Yuranosuke directs operations seated on camp-stool with a small drum (R)

Title: Gishi yo-uchi no zu (Night Attack of the Faithful Retainers, 義士夜討ノ図) within a frame of dog-tooth pattern

Description: The interior of Moronaoĺs palace just after the r˘nin burst in: their rush is met by a group of Moronaoĺs retainers (left) while Yuranosuke directs operations seated on a camp-stool with a small drum (right)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Date: Rat 9, October-November 1852

Robinson: T287a

 

I am grateful to John Rose and Auction Ukiyo-e Ltd. for supplying this image.

Kuniyoshi - (T288) Palace interior with Yoritomo scattering pearls among scrambling retainers, (9)1852

Title: Yoritomo no daito shoshi ni takara wo maki-atae iu

Description: Palace interior with Yoritomo scattering pearls among scrambling retainers, watched in amusement by seated nobles

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Rat 9, October-November 1852

Robinson: T288

 

Image courtesy of Davor Solter

Kuniyoshi - (triptych drawing) Tawara T˘da Fujiwara no Hidesato Subduing the Centipede Monster, 1852, listed after T288

Title: Tawara T˘da Fujiwara no Hidesato Subduing the Centipede Monster

Description: Drawing for unpublished triptych

Publisher: No seal

Date: 1852

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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