Individual Warrior Prints

1842 ľ 1852

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 S1f.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: áKid˘ Maru (鬼童丸) seated cross-legged on a giant python, his hands clasped, two wrapped pine-sprigs (aomatsuba) in his mouth, and a long dagger is driven into the pythonĺs head with snakes curl around its blade

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: c. 1843

Robinson: S1f.1

 

NOTE: This is the first edition, which is reproduced on the dust jacket of Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982)

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

A later edition of the above design

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: diving girl (ama) Tamatori, with sacred jewel, pursued by the Dragon King

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: c. 1843 from design c. 1840

Robinson: S1f.2

 

NOTE: Although difficult to see, there is a small round censorĺs seal in the left lower corner, which was printed in black in the first edition.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

This is another state of the above print made from the original woodblocks.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

This is a 1930s reproduction of the above print published by Robert O. Muller.á New woodblocks were carved for this printing.

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Musashi-b˘ Benkei defeated by Onz˘shi Ushiwaka Maru under moonlight on Goj˘ Bridge

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

Date: c. 1843

Robinson: S1f.3

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Miyamoto Musashi cutting the wing off a bird-like creature called a bake-yamabushi

Publisher: Ueyasu (called J˘-Yasu in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson)

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Fukatsu Ihei) from design c. 1835

Robinson: S1f.4

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: áRaig˘ Ajari watched with apprehension by ďe no Kunifusa-ky˘ destroying the Buddhist scrolls at Miidera Temple

Publisher: Ueyasu (called J˘-Yasu in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson)

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Fukatsu Ihei) from design c. 1835

Robinson: S1f.5

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa and Sanada Yoichi Yoshisada struggling on the rocks by a waterfall at Ishibashiyama

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘.á This is a later printing; the first edition was published by Yamaguchi-ya Tobei.

Date: c. 1845 from design c. 1840

Robinson: S1f.6

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Shinchűnagon Tomomori clasping the great anchor with which he drowned himself

Publisher: Nomura-ya Tokubei

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: S1f.7

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Wada Heita Tanenaga struggling with huge python

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya Heisuke

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: S1f.8

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Kokusempű Ri Ki (the Black Whirlwind) with flying hair and beard armed with two large axes

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: S1f.9

 

NOTE: Kokusempű Ri Ki is Li Kui in Chinese

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Hanaosho-Chisin with a pole arm

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: not listed

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Kyűmonryű Shi En (the Nine-Tattooed Dragons) with a pole arm

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: not listed

 

NOTE: Kyűmonryű Shi En is Shi Jin in Chinese

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Oniwaka Maru (鬼若丸, Benkei in boyhood) killing a giant carp in an old lake.

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1848 from design c. 1840

Robinson: S1f.10

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Onz˘shi Ushiwaka Maru (Yoshitsune in boyhood) prostrating himself before the tengu king S˘j˘-b˘ in the woods of Kuramayama

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: c. 1848 from design c. 1840

Robinson: S1f.11

 

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

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Scene: The Hosokawa retainer Shimamura Danj˘ Takanori (嶋村弾正高則), his armor pierced with arrows, leaning on his naginata (pole arm) and riding over the waves on the backs of giant crabs

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘ (丸屋清次郎)

Date: c. 1845 from design c. 1840

Robinson: S1f.12

 

 

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Scene: Sugawara no Michizane standing in full court robes, from a picture by Ise áSadatake

Publisher: ?

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: S1f.13

 

 

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Scene: Shirafuji Hikoshichir˘ (白藤彦七郎)

Publisher: ?

Date: ?

Robinson: S1f.14

 

 

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Scene: Yamanaka Dankur˘

Publisher: ?

Date: ?

Robinson: S1f.15

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Tegoshi no Sh˘sh˘

Publisher: Ueyasu (called J˘-Yasu in Kuniyoshi, The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson)

Date: c. 1844

Robinson: S1f.16

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Kiyo-hime turning into a dragon as she lifts the bell of D˘j˘ji

Publisher:

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: S1f.17

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Sat˘ Tadanobu (佐藤忠信) brandishing a wooden go board with his foot on a fallen foe.á Tadanobu's kimono displays his family crest

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Date: c. 1850

Robinson: S1f.18

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: Fujiwara no Masakiyo (Kat˘ Kiyomasa) seated on a stool in full armor grasping his spear on a plane ground

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

Date: 1859

Robinson: S1f.19

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

 

Scene: áSait˘ Oniwaka Maru (Benkei) struggling with the giant carp

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya Heisuke

Date: c. 1845

Robinson: S1f.20

 

Kuniyoshi - (S 1f

This is a simplified and less labor intensive later printing of the above design.á The shading (bokashi) in the water and in the title cartouche was eliminated, and the bokashi in the pants was greatly simplified.á Bokashi was achieved by hand-applying a gradation of ink to the wooden printing block rather than inking the block uniformly.á This hand-application had to be repeated for each sheet of paper that was printed.á Although some of the colors in this print are faded, fewer colors, and therefore fewer woodblocks, were probably used.

Kuniyoshi - Sh˘ki catching a demon

 

Scene: Sh˘ki the demon queller (Zhong Kui in Chinese) wearing the robes of a Chinese scholar, holding a sword in one hand and a demon in the other

Publisher: Kikuhei

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Robinson: Not listed

 

Kuniyoshi - Sh˘ki the Demon Queller, oban, c

 

Scene: Sh˘ki the demon queller (Zhong Kui in Chinese) wearing the robes of a Chinese scholar, holding a sword in one hand and a demon in the other

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Sh˘shichi

Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Robinson: Not listed

 

Kuniyoshi - Sh˘ki the Demon Queller, oban, c

 

Another state of the above design

kintaro+kuniyoshi

 

Scene: Sakata Kwaid˘ Maru (also called Kintar˘ and Kintoki) struggling with a huge carp in a waterfall

Publisher:

Date: 1846-1852

Robinson: Not listed

Soga Juro Sukenari Fighting during the Night Attack, 1849 - 1852

 

Scene: Soga Jur˘ Sukenari (曽我十郎祐成) fighting 平子平馬允 during the night attack

Publisher: Horimasa

Date: c. 1848-1849

Robinson: Not listed

 

Scene: Taira no Koremochi (平維茂) fighting the demon Kijo among falling maple leaves

Publisher: No seal

Date: Probably 1842-1846 (seal is indistinct)

Robinson: Not listed

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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