Warrior triptychs

1854 - 1855

 

 

Publisher: Izutsu-ya Sh˘kichi

Date: Ox 12, January 1854

Robinson: T308

 

NOTE: This triptych was listed as ôTokiwa-gozen and Her Children in the Snowˮ by Robinson in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) based on his having seen only the left sheet.á However, the privately published supplement states ôThis turns out to be a theatrical triptych, the production so far unidentifiedö.áá

Title:

Description: ďta Saemon-dayű Mochisuke (also known as ďta D˘kwan, centre) holding a bow and lifting his hat, being offered a spray of flowers by a kneeling woman, watched by a woman with a child (left)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Date: 4th month of 1854

Robinson: T308a (not listed in Robinson)

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: K˘chű Gi-en wo ch˘sha ni tatematsuru (通俗三国志之内 黄忠魏延献長沙)

Description: The old warrior K˘chű overthrown by Kwanu

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Tiger 8, October 1854

Robinson: T309

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: K˘mei mutabi M˘kwaku wo toriko ni su

Description: Shukuyű Fujin, wife of M˘kwaku, overthrowing Ch˘ki and Machűi

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Tiger 8, October 1854

Robinson: T310

Title: Tsűzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Kwanu Gi no shichi-gun wo hitasu

Description: Kwanu destroying the Seven Armies of Gi (Wei) in a great river battle

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: Tiger 8, October 1854

Robinson: T311

Title: Yoritomoĺs night-attack on the palace of Yamaki (Yoritomo hata-age: Yamaki no yakata yo-uchi no zu, 頼朝旗起: 八牧館夜討圖)

Description: Yoritomoĺs night-attack on the palace of Yamaki: Kanetaka at bay (left), attacked by End˘ Hy˘tar˘ and Kat˘ji Kagekado in 1180

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: Tiger 8, October 1854

Robinson: T312

Title: Eiroku yo-nen ku-gwatsu Kawanakajima ˘-kassen, (永禄四年九月川中島大合戦, 4th Year, 9th Month of the Eiroku Era, Battle of Kawanakajima)

Description: Yamamoto Kansuke rallying his exhausted troops on a hill for their last stand at the Battle of Kawanakajima in October 1561

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: Tiger 8, October 1854

Robinson: T313

Another state of the above design with different colors

Title: Kawanakajima ˘-kassen: Kenshin Saij˘zan ni oite sarugaku etc.

Description: Uesugi Kenshin originating the monkey dance at Saij˘zan during the Kawanakajima Campaign

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

Date: Tiger 11, January 1855

Robinson: T314

Title: Awazu kassen (粟津合戰, The battle of Awazu)

Description: The battle of Awazu in 1184: Tomoe-gozen (left) wielding a tree trunk, while Yoshinaka (center) is shot riding through the bog with Wada Yoshimori (right)

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Date: Tiger 12, January-February 1855

Robinson: T315

Title: Kawanakajima ˘-kassen (The Battle of Kawanakajima)

Description: Onikojima Yatar˘ overthrowing Nakanishi Dairokur˘ at the Battle of Kawanakajima

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Hare 1, February-March 1855

Robinson: T316

 

I am grateful to Ole AlbŠk Pedersen for locating this image.

Title: General Wat˘nai Conquering the Tigers in Formosa (Wat˘nai gunko t˘shu no zu, 和藤内群虎討取圖)

Description: Kat˘ Kiyomasa (Wat˘nai) and his men chasing tigers which are carrying off some Japanese soldiers across a river

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Hare 1, February-March 1855

Robinson: T317

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Another state of the above design

Title: Asaji- (i.e. Adachi-) ga-hara hitotsuya no zu

Description: The Lonely House story: the Hag (center) with a suppliant female victim and the appearance of the goddess Kwannon (right) behind a screen

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Hare 2, March-April 1855

Robinson: T318

Title: Yoshitsune (no) jűku-shin (義経十九臣)

Description: Yoshitsune and his nineteen retainers in a ship with Benkei at the prow

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: Hare 6, July-August 1855

Robinson: T319

 

NOTE: This triptych is very similar to T32 and to T82c.

Title: Minamoto no Yoritomo Ishibashiyama hata-age kassen (Aftermath of the battle of Ishibashiyama, 源頼朝石橋 山旗上会議)

Description: The aftermath of the Battle of Ishibashiyama in 1180: Yoritomo and his men hiding in a hollow tree (right) while Kagetoki (center) diverts their pursuers

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinjir˘

Date: Hare 8, September-October 1855

Robinson: T320

Title: Sat˘ Tadanobu yűsen Yoshitoki ga sei wo utsuru zu (Sato Tadanobu Bravely Resisting Arrest, 左藤忠信勇戦芳時が勢を移る圖)

Description: Tadanobu furiously resisting arrest, wielding a go board with one hand and grasping the hair of his treacherous mistress with the other, the go pieces flying in all directions

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Hare 9, October-November l855

Robinson: T321

 

NOTE: This triptych was published in 1855 from a design dating from about 1835.

Title: Sagi-no-ike Heikur˘ Taka-uji no taigun etc.

Description: Sagi-no-ike Heikur˘ creating havoc among the Ashikaga troops

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

Date: Hare 9, October-November 1855

Robinson: T322

Title: Kusunoki Ashikaga ˘-kassen

Description: Ashikaga Taka-uji (left) struck by a severed head flung by Sagi-no-ike Heikur˘ (right)

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Date: Hare 9, October-November 1855

Robinson: T323

 

Image courtesy of Davor Solter

Title: Shinshű Kawanakajima Takeda no sh˘hei Saij˘zan wo hikigaeshi (信州川中嶋武田の正兵西条山を引がえし)

Description: Amakasu ďmi-no-kami Kagetoki (the historical Kajiwara no Kagetoki) directing the attack of the Uesugi troops at the battle of Kawanakajima

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

Date: Hare 9, October-November 1855

Robinson: T324

Title: Kawanakajima kassen (川中嶋 合戦, The Battle of Kawanakajima)

Description: Close-up view of the face-to-face encounter of Takeda Shingen (center) and Uesugi Kenshin (left) at Kawanakajima with Hachikawano Zensuke (right) thrusting a spear at Uesugi Kenshin

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Date: Hare 9, October-November 1855

Robinson: T325

Drawing for unpublished triptych showing the strong woman Kaneko Kugutsune (also called O Kane or Omi no O Kane) holding down the sacred white temple horse with her geta, c. 1855

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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