Warrior triptychs

1858 - 1861

 

 

Title: Soga jű-ban-giri no zu

Description: The Soga brothersĺ last fight: Gor˘ (center), Jur˘ (top left) and a tent enclosure (right)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Horse 2, March-April 1858

Robinson: T349

Title: Kusunoki Ashikaga ˘-kassen no zu (Picture of the battle between the Kusunoki and the Ashikaga)

Description: Battle on the shore between the Kusunoki and the Ashikaga (probably the Minatogawa in 1336): Masashige and his men charging, led by Onchi Sakon-tar˘, Sagi-no-ike Heikur˘, Wada Izumi no Kami and Hayase Saemon

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Horse 2, March-April 1858

Robinson: T350

 

NOTE: This triptych was probably designed by Kuniyoshi about 1850.á I am grateful to Davor Solter for this image.

Title: Ushiwaka Kurama shugy˘ zu

Description: Ushiwaka Maru practicing fencing among the pine trees of Kuramayama with the tengu under the supervision of their king, S˘j˘-b˘.á The tengu here are completely birdlike

Publisher: Maru-ya Kyűshir˘

Date: Horse 4, May-June 1858

Robinson: T351

 

NOTE: A later edition dated Cock 8, September 1861 was published by Kagi-ya Sh˘bei.

Title: Kusunoki no jinchű ni Sugimoto Akiyuki o hakatte meiken o eru no zu (In the Kusunoki Camp, Sugimoto Akiyuki is Rewarded with an Inscribed Sword, 楠ノ陣中二杉本顕幸ヲ計テ銘剱ヲ得ノ図)

Description: In a seated assembly Sugimoto Akiyuki receives a famous sword from Kusunoki Masashige while all present weep

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: Horse 4, May-June 1858

Robinson: T352á

 

I am grateful to Ole AlbŠk Pedersen for this image.

Title: Akazawa-yama ˘-sum˘ (赤沢山 大相撲)

Description: Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa thrown by Kawazu Sabur˘ Sukechika in their sum˘ wrestling match before Yoritomo umpired by Ebina Gempachi

Publisher: Maru-ya Kyűshir˘

Date: Horse 4, May-June 1858

Robinson: T353

Title: Ryűgűj˘ (龍宮城, The Palace of the Dragon King)

Subtitle: Tawara T˘da Hidesato ni sanshu no tosan wo okuru

Description: Tawara T˘da Hidesato, also known as Fujiwara no Hidesato and as Tawara Toda, is being escorted through the waves by the Dragon Kingĺs sea creature-retainers.á The former received the Three Gifts from Ryujin, the Dragon King, as a reward for killing the giant centipede.

Publisher: Maru-ya Kyűshir˘

Date: Horse 4, May-June 1858

Robinson: T354

A later edition of the above design dated Cock 8, September 1861 and published by Kagi-ya Sh˘bei

Title:

Description: An assembly in a daimyoĺs palace

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: 2nd or 3rd month of 1859

Robinson: Not listed

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: Akamatsu no shiro mizuzeme no zu

Description: The beleaguering of the castle of Akamatsu by water, with floating batteries, and a large lookout tower (left).á This is really Takamatsu Castle besieged by Hideyoshi in 1582.

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: Monkey 8, September-October 1860

Robinson: T355

Drawing for unpublished triptych showing a general (possibly Kato Kiyomasa) on a horse far left and surrounded by his soldiers.á The censorĺs seal is from the 9th month of 1860.

Title: Kataki-uchi kidan Jiraiya monogatari: S˘shű Shichiri-ga-hama etc.

Description: Jiraiya and his followers, seated on the shore, watch Amame Isobei catching two miscreants, while Onikubi K˘emon engages the youth Masajir˘ and the maiden Midori in combat

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Cock 1, February 1861

Robinson: T356

 

NOTE: Kuniyoshi designed this triptych about 1836.á

Title: Untitled (text: 主馬佐酒田金時, 靭屓尉碓井貞光, 瀧口内舎人源次綱)

Description: Raik˘ĺs retainers playing go, with attempted interruptions by the Earth-Spiderĺs demons

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: Cock 1, February 1861

Robinson: T357

Title: Miyamoto Musashi S˘shű Hakone no sanchű ni ˘kami o ooku taiji shite shinmen o kijutsu o arawashite hajimete Sekiguchi ni mamiyu

Description: Miyamoto Musashi fighting off a pack of wolves in the Hakone mountains, watched by Sekiguchi Yatar˘, seated smoking by a fire (right sheet)

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

Date: Cock 6, July 1861

Robinson: T358

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: The Heroic Tales of Jiraiya (Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari (児雷也豪傑物語), Chapter 36

Description: Jiraiya is killing huge snake eyeing a giant toad behind him

Publisher:

Date:

Robinson: Not listed

 

NOTE: This diptych is from a 43 volume set of illustrated books (kusaz˘shi).á It bears the signatures of both Kuniyoshi and Toyokuni III (Kunisada).á The characters within circles, and , are ôshell and boneö ideograms for ôdownö and ôupö, respectively.á Each sheet is about 7 by 5 inches (18 by 13 centimeters), a size known as koban.á

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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