Warrior triptychs

1857

 

 

Title: Gempei ˘-kassen (The Battle of Yashima)

Description: Yoshitsune recovering his bow from the sea (center) at the Battle of Yashima

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Date: Dragon 12, January 1857

Robinson: T339

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Title: Akazawa-yama yűshi sum˘ no zu

Description: Kawazu Sabur˘ Sukeyasu throwing Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa in their wrestling match before Yoritomo, ďba Kagechika and others

Publisher: Izumi-ya Seishichi (Sen-Kiyo of Shiba)

Date: Snake 2, March 1857

Robinson: T340

Title: Chűshingura: yo-uchi hikitori no zu (The Chűshingura: Return from the Night Attack)

Description: The 47 r˘nin meeting a group of officials outside a mansion in snow at sunrise

Publisher: Izumi-ya Seishichi (Sen-Kiyo of Shiba)

Date: Snake 3, April 1857

Robinson: T340a

Title: Kusunoki Masashige wara no ningy˘ no tsukuri etc.

Description: Kusunoki Masashige and his men making straw dummies to trick the enemy into exhausting their arrows

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

Date: Snake 3, April 1857

Robinson: T341

 

Image courtesy of Ole AlbŠk Pedersen

Title: Wada kassen: Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide m˘y˘ kwairyoku no zu

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

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

Date: Snake 4, May 1857

Robinson: T342

Title: Nitta Ashikaga ky˘-gassen: sh˘ri no sh˘gun wo atsumeru zu (Battle Between the Nitta and the Ashikaga in the Capital, 新田足利京合戦)

Description: The troops of Nitta Yoshisada rallying on a hill after their victory over the Ashikaga

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

Date: Snake 4, May 1857

Robinson: T343

Title: Kusunoki Masashige Minatogawa ˘-kassen ni sh˘sei wo motte etc.

Description: Kusunoki Masashige rallying his men with the sounds of drum, conch shell and bell at the battle of the Minatogawa in 1336

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

Date: Snake 4, May 1857

Robinson: T344á

Title: Takeda Uesugi Kawanakajima ˘-kassen no zu

Description: The encounter of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin in mid-stream at the Battle of Kawanakajima

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichi

Date: Snake 4, May 1857

Robinson: T345

Title: Shij˘-nawate nite Nanke no eiyű taiteki wo etc. (四條畷にて楠家の英勇大敵を...)

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

Publisher: Sagami-ya T˘kichi (S˘-To)

Date: Snake 4, May 1857

Robinson: T346

Title: Untitled

Description: The last stand of the Kusunoki at Shij˘-nawate under a hail of arrows in 1348: Masayuki (right), Koshir˘ Hy˘go (center) and Noda Shir˘ (left)

Publisher: Sagami-ya T˘kichi (S˘-To)

Date: Snake 8, September 1857

Robinson: T347

 

NOTE: This triptych and the preceding one may be placed side-by-side to form a six sheet composition, although they are dated four months apart:

Title: Sangokushi: Bach˘ Ch˘hi kah˘ seki tatakai

Description: Mounted combat between Bach˘ and Ch˘hi, lit by fires and torches, and watched by two sovereigns in their carriages

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘ or Enshű-ya Hikobei

Date: Snake 7, September 1857

Robinson: T348

 

NOTE: This triptych was originally published by in 1847-1852 with the seal of the publisher Fujioka-ya Keijir˘ and a red title cartouche in the right upper corner.á It was republished with a blue title cartouche, the seal of the publisher Enshű-ya Hikobei and a date seal for the 7th month of 1857.

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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