Individual Warrior Prints

1838 ľ 1841

These prints are listed in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement as S1e.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Wat˘nai Sankwan overcoming a tiger under a pine tree

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.1

 

Image courtesy of Nora Deaver

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Nikki Gennosuke in rain with his foot on one of two beasts seeing the apparition of a dead man behind a tree

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.2

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Kamada Matahachi (釜田又八) killing a monstrous cat in the mountains of Ise Province

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘ (蔦屋吉蔵)

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.3

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Keyamura Rokusuke (毛谷村六助) struggling with three kappa on a riverbank with another swimming in the river

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.4

 

NOTE: Kappa are amphibious goblins with the body of a tortoise, the limbs of a frog and the head of a monkey

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Another state of the above print

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Sat˘ Shir˘ Tadanobu wearing Yoshitsuneĺs armor in snow on the balcony of the pagoda of Yoshino Temple

Publisher: ?

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.5

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: End˘ Musha Morit˘ holding up Kesa-gozenĺs severed head in the moonlight among falling maple leaves

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.6

 

Scene: Kashiwade no Hanoshi (膳泣巴提使) in full armor glaring down at a tiger that clings to the edge of a snowy precipice

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.7

 

NOTE: Although Kashiwade no Hanoshi is written as 膳泣巴提使 on this print, it is more often written as 膳臣巴提使.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

This final drawing (hanshita-e) for an unpublished print of Kashiwade no Hanoshi (膳臣巴提使) in full armor glaring down at a tiger in the snow dates from about 1834.

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Tomoe-gozen struggleing with Musashi Saburozaemon Arikuni on a rock by a waterfall

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.8

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Hako-˘ Maru (箱王丸, Soga Gor˘ in boyhood) reading a scroll by a waterfall

Publisher: Ebi-Ne

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.9

 

I am grateful to Tommy Crouch for this image

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Usui Sadamitsu (碓井 定光)holding a wooden beam while treading on a wolf

Publisher: Ebi-Ne

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.10

Kuniyoshi - (1e

 

Scene: Kwaid˘ Maru overcoming a wild boar with a huge axe.á The background is plane and there is a poem above Kwaid˘ Maru.

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.11

 

NOTE: This is an example of an aka-e (red print) which was said to protect from smallpox.

 

Scene: Minamato Tametomo

Publisher: No seal

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: Not listed

 

NOTE: I am grateful to Michael O'Clair for this additional example of an aka-e.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Taira no Tadamori (foreground) and the oil thief (left)

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.12

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Momotar˘ with a monkey, a pheasant, Ĺthe precious thingsĺ and a dog offering him sake

Publisher: Echizen-yaá Heisabur˘

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.13

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Mongaku Sh˘nin under the waterfall

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.14

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Chinzei Hachir˘ Tametomo grasping bow and arrows looking up at Raiden (the thunder god) in a cloud at a waterfall in Kyushu

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.15

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Another state of the above print

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Scene: Ushiwaka Maru (牛若丸) fencing with two tengu by moonlight

Publisher: Ebi-Ne

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.16

 

NOTE: Tengu are forest-dwelling creatures that are either human-like with wings and long noses or bird-like.

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

 

Scene: Oniwaka Maru wielding a naganata blade

Publisher: Ebi-Ne

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: Not listed

 

NOTE: Although this print is not listed in Robinson, it belongs with S1e.9, S1e.10, and S1e.16, all of which show child warriors.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Title: Sakata Kaidomaru (坂田怪童丸)

Scene: Sakata Kaidomaru by a waterfall lifting one bear aloft and trampling another

Publisher: Echizen-yaá Heisabur˘

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S1e.17

 

I am grateful to Tommy Crouch for this image

 

Kuniyoshi - (S1e

 

Scene: Kazusa Shichibyoe Kagekiyo (上總七兵衛景清), also known as Akushichiby˘e Taira no Kagekiyo, resisting arrest at T˘daiji Temple

Publisher: Soshu-ya Yoheiáá

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: Not listed

 

I am grateful to Tommy Crouch for identifying this print

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1e

 

Another state of the above print

Kuniyoshi - (S 1x

 

Scene: Gama Sennin surrounded by toads

Publisher: ?

Date: c. 1840-1841

Robinson: unlisted

Kuniyoshi - Kumagaye Naosada overcoming a black bear in the mountains of Musashi, 11

 

Scene: Kumagae Naosada (熊谷直貞) overcoming a black bear in the mountains of Musashi

Publisher: No seal

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: Not listed

 

NOTE: This print is 16.3 x 11.2 cm or about 6.5 x 4.5 inches, a size known as koban

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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