Warrior triptychs

1853

 

 

Title: Kawanakajima kassen: Shingen-k˘ hatamoto no yűshi (川中島合戦 (左半分)

Description: Takeda Shingen (standing at left) reviewing his troops before the battle of Kawanakajima

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

Date: Ox 1, February 1853

Robinson: T289

 

NOTE: Robinson gives the publisher as Hayashi-Ji.á It was not unusual for woodblocks to be purchased and reissued by a secondary published who replaced the original publisherĺs seal with his own.

Title: Igagoe kataki-uchi (The Igagoe Revenge)

Description: The Igagoe revenge: Karaki Masaemon (right) fighting against odds and Sawai Matagor˘ engaged by Wada Shizuma (left)

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

Date: Ox 1, February 1853

Robinson: T290

Title: Sangokushi no uchi (三国志之内, A Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms)

Subtitle: T˘en ni gi wo musubu zu (桃園義結圖, Oath of Loyalty in the Peach Orchard)

Description: Gentoku, Kwanu and Ch˘hi taking their oath of loyalty in the peach orchard, with women waiting on them

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 3, April 1853

Robinson: T291

Title: Kawanakajima kassen: Kenshin-k˘ Shingen-k˘ no hatamoto (川中島 合戦)

Description: Uesugi Kenshin engaged by Wakatsuki Heidayű (left) and Nagasaka Gengor˘ (right) at the Battle of Kawanakajima

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

Date: Ox 3, April 1853

Robinson: T292

 

I am grateful to Vladislav Ruchkin for this image.

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Kwanu ga gishin S˘s˘ wo yurusu zu

Description: Kwanu mounted at the head of his troops interviewing S˘s˘

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 4, May 1853

Robinson: T293

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Gentoku mitabi setchű ni (A Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 通俗三国志之内: 玄徳三雪中孔明訪圖)

Description: Gentoku, Kwanu and Ch˘hi visiting the house of K˘mei in the snow to request the latterĺs assistance

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 4, May 1853

Robinson: T294

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: kwa-i hone wo kezurite Kwanu (A Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 通俗三国志之内: 華佗骨刮関羽箭療治圖)

Description: Kwanu (center) playing go while Hua Tuo performs a painful medical procedure known as bone shaving on the formerĺsá wounded arm

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 4, May 1853

Robinson: T295

 

NOTE: The website of the British Museum gives the title of this triptych as Tsuzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Kada hone Guan Yu sa ryoji no zu.á Image courtesy of Vladislav Shevyrev

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Gentoku uma wo odorasu Tan-kei etc.

Description: Gentoku leaping his horse into the gorge of Tan; the ox-boy (ushid˘ji) on the opposite bank

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 5, June 1853

Robinson: T296

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi: Kwanu go-kwan wo yaburu no zu (A Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 通俗三国志之, 關羽五關を破圖)

Description: Kwanu, mounted, receives the submission of S˘s˘ and his followers on a bridge

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 5, June 1853

Robinson: T297

Title: Raik˘ ďeyama iri no zu (大江山入之図)

Description: Raik˘ severing the head of the Shuten-d˘ji, which springs into the air while Raik˘ĺs followers destroy other demons

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: Ox 5, June 1853

Robinson: T298

Title: Tamatori-hime at the Dragon Palace (Ryűgű Tamatori-hime no zu, á龍宮玉取姫之圖)

Description: Tamatori-hime, the ama who stole the sacred jewel, pursued through the waves by a great dragon and various sea creatures

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Ox 6, July 1853

Robinson: T299

Title: Lifelike Dolls in the Inner Temple at Asakusa (Asakusa okuyama iki ningy˘, 浅草奥山 生人形)

Description: About 1855-6, the above triptych was reprinted with a different title

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Robinson: T299a (described but not assigned a number)

 

NOTE: For additional information, see Modern Select Dolls.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: Kurikaradani kassen: Kiso Yoshinaka Heish˘ Tomonori wo uchitori (倶利伽羅谷合戦: 木曽義仲平將智教をうちとり)

Description: The Battle of Kurikaradani in 1183: Yoshinaka kills the Taira commander Tomonori, while Kagekiyo fells three of the oxen with burning brushwood attached to their horns by which the Taira were thrown into a panic

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Ox 6, July 1853

Robinson: T300

Title: Tsuzoku Sangokushi no uchi (通俗三国志之内, Popular History of the Three Kingdoms)

Subtitle: Hakumonro ni S˘s˘ Ryofu wo kiru no zu

Description: The captives Ryofu, K˘jun and Chinkyű brought before Gentoku (top right, future Chinese Emperor Chao Lieh) and S˘s˘ (second from top right, the king of Gi).á This is a scene from the Chinese historical novel ĹTsuzoku Sangokushiĺ (The Rise and Fall of Three Kingdoms, 220-280 CE).

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 8, September 1853

Robinson: T301

 

NOTE: This triptych is part of the Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi (Popular History of the Three Kingdoms) series.

Title: Tsuzoku Sangokushi no uchi (通俗三国志之内, Popular History of the Three Kingdoms)

Subtitle: Ryofu wo ou to shite T˘taku niwa (呂布追董卓庭与轄)

Description: Ryofu flees (left) as the gross T˘taku falls backwards and Riju hastens to his aid with Lady Ch˘sen watching from a balcony (right)

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 8, September 1853

Robinson: T302

 

NOTE: This triptych is part of the Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi (Popular History of the Three Kingdoms) series.

Title: Hokkoku ˘-kassen (The Battle of Kurikaradani)

Description: The Battle of Kurikaradani in 1183: Yoshinaka struggling with Tomonori, while Unno Kotar˘ has just knocked a man and his horse over a cliff

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: Ox 8, September 1853

Robinson: T303

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

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

Description: The Soga brothers about to strike down Kud˘ Suketsune in his tent by a smoking brazier on June 28, 1193

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

Date: Ox 9, October 1853

Robinson: T304

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: ďeyama fukuju shusei

Description: Raik˘ and his men entertaining the Shuten-d˘ji and his demons with sake and dancing

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

Date: Ox 10, November 1853

Robinson: T305

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Bach˘ ˘i ni sui-ky˘ ni tatakau (通俗三国 志之内馬超大戦 渭水橋曹操髭切敗走)

Description: Battle between Bach˘ and S˘s˘

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 11, December 1853

Robinson: T306

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Ryű Gentoku Hokkai e kakomi otoku (A Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 通俗三国志之内: 劉玄徳北海解圍)

Description: Kwanu (left), Gentoku (center) and Ch˘hi (right) in an engagement outside a castle

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Ox 11, December 1853

Robinson: T307

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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