Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki, Part III

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62.36), Sasai Kyz Masayasu (Sakai Kyz) meets a volley of musket fire as he breaches the camp of Asai Nagamasa (Alt

 

Robinson: S62.36

Number: 12

Description: Sasai Kyz Masayasu (笹井久藏尚保) enveloped in smoke by a volley of musket fire at the Battle of the Anegawa in 1570

Historical character: Sakai Kyz Narishige

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Print from an unnumbered edition of this series

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.37

Number: 11

Description: Sasai Ukon Masanao (笹井右近尚直) standing on a huge pine-trunk with drawn sword

Historical character: Sakai Ukon Masanao

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.38

Number: 32

Description: Shimura Masaz Katsutoyo (志村政蔵勝豊) seated and stripped to his loincloth with a kimono over one shoulder

Historical character: Kimura Mataz Shigekatsu

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.39

Number: 25

Description: Shinano Sakon Tomoyuki (品之左近朝行) in court dress, kneeling and offering a naginata with both hands

Historical character: Shima Sakon Kiyooki

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Another state of the above design

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this shita-e (preparatory drawing).

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.40

Number: 29

Description: Shiren Sajima-no-kami Masataka (四王連左可馬頭政高) turning over a scroll of Buddhist scripture with his spear at Ktokuji Temple

Historical character: Shiden Tajima-no-kami Masataka

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.41

Number: 28

Description: Suzuchi Hida no Kami Shigeyuki (鈴智飛騨守重行) crouching by a clump of bamboo, having just fired his gun

Historical character: Suzuki Shigehide

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62.41), Suzuchi Hida no Kami Sigeyuki (blue)

 

Yet another state

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.42

Number: 14

Description: Takuma Gemba-no-j Morimasu (宅間玄蕃允守益) armored and wielding his sword while two men attempt to hold him

Historical character: Sakuma Genba Morimasa

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.43

Number: 39

Description: Tambe Jij Taira no Harutaka (丹部侍従平春髙) seated on a stool in full armor with a banner behind him

Historical character: Oda Nobutaka

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.44

Number: 5 ()

Description: Tatenaka Kwambye Shigeharu (建中官兵衛重治) standing in civilian clothes next to a globe

Historical character: Takenaka Hambee Shigeharu

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Yet another state

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.45

Number: 20

Description: Tatsugawa Sakon Katsumasa (辰川左近勝政) pointing emphatically with two retainers in armor

Historical character: Takigawa Sakon Kazumasu

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.46

Number: 38

Description: Toki Jurozaemon Mitsuchika (登喜十郎左エ門光隣) mortally wounded and surrounded by bloodstained corpses

Historical character: Akechi Jrzaemon Mitsuchika

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.47

Number: 9 ()

Description: Tokiuji (登喜氏) seated on a cushion with folded arms by an open book

Historical character: Akechi Mitsuhide

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.48

Number: 21

Description: Tsuchii Yamato no Kami Nyd Juntei (槌井大和守入道順貞) seated on a fur rug with bowed head and a tachi (long sword) in a tiger skin scabbard on a stand behind him

Historical character: Tsutsui Junkei

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.49

Number: Yasuda Takubye Kunitomo (易田宅兵衛國朝) running with spear past an overturned tray of refreshments and a biwa

Description: 30

Historical character: Yasuda Sakubee Kunitsugu

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.50

Number: 13

Description: End Giemon Masatada (遠藤儀右衛門政忠) about to hurl a severed head at Nobunaga

Historical character: End Kiemon Naotsugu

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (S62

 

Robinson: S62.51

Number: 31

Description: Yshi Sama-no-suke Mitsuharu (勇士左馬之助光晴) seated on a cushion reading a scroll

Historical character: Akechi Samanosuke Mitsuharu

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (unpublished), Chikara-no-suke Sukemichi

 

Drawing for an unpublished print of Iwanari Chikaranosuke Sukemichi (岩成主税亮祐通)

 

Robinson 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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