Warrior triptychs

1845, Part II

 

 

Kuniyoshi - (T159) At the foot of Mt fuji, Soga Brothers (Fuji no susono), in rain 1840-7

Title: Fuji Susono Soga ky˘dai homm˘ wa togeru zu (The Soga brothers achieve their revenge on the plain at the base of Mt. Fuji, 富士裾野曽我兄弟本望遂圖)

Description: The Soga brothersĺ last fight (1193): Gor˘ fighting against odds (center), Jur˘ about to be killed by Tadatsune (right) and Gor˘ Maru emerging from the tent enclosure (left) in pouring rain

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Date: 1845

Robinson: T159

Kuniyoshi - (T160)

Title: Takeda Uesugi Kawanakajima ˘-kassen no zu (武田上杉川中嶋大合戦の圖, Takeda and Uesugi at the Battle of Kawanakajima)

Description: Uesugi Kenshin (left) on horseback cutting at Takeda Shingen (center)

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Date: 1845

Robinson: T160

 

NOTE: This triptych is an adaptation of T25.á The title was changed, and Kuniyoshiĺs signature was recut.á Nagamochi became Uesugi Kenshin, Tayű-b˘ became Takeda Shingen and the right hand sheet blocks were recut to eliminate Tomoe-gozen.

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Title: Yamamoto Kansuke Haruyuki Nyűd˘ D˘kisai uchijini no zu

Description: Yamamoto Kansuke (山本勘介) riding to his death through the Uesugi troops at Kawanakajima

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: 1845

Robinson: T161

Kuniyoshi - (T162) The irruption of Kenshin into Shingenĺs camp-enclosure (Kawanakajima Shingen Kenshin hatamoto ˘-kassen no zu)

Title: Kawanakajima Shingen Kenshin hatamoto ˘-kassen no zu

Description: The irruption of Kenshin into Shingenĺs camp-enclosure

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Date: 1845

Robinson: T162

 

NOTE: This triptych and the previous triptych may be placed side-by-side to form a six-sheet composition.á

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Title: Ichi-no-tani kassen (一の谷合戦, The Battle of Ichi-no-tani)

Subtitle: Hiyodori-goe yori Seto no ura wo miru zu (The Seto shore seen from Hiyodori-goe)

Description: Yoshitsune and his men at the top of the Hiyodori-goe, looking down, with Shigetada carrying his frightened blindfolded horse down the embankment (right) with fighting on the shore below

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyűbei

Date: 1845

Robinson: T162a

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Kuniyoshi - (T163) Battle of Dannoura, Yoshitsune`s leap (left), the Imperial barge and some other boats

Title: Nagato no kuni Akama-no-ura (In the Great Battle between the Minamoto and the Taira at Akama Bay in Nagato Province, the Taira Clan is Utterly Destroyed, 長門国赤間の浦に於て源平大合戦平家一門悉く亡びる図) 

Description: Yoshitsuneĺs leap (left) at the Battle of Dan-no-ura on April 25, 1185, with the imperial barge (center) and other boats in combat (right)

Publisher: Enshű-ya Matabei

Date: 1845

Robinson: T163

 

NOTE: Yoshitsuneĺs superhuman ôeight boat leapö (hass˘-tobi) is usually associated with the Battle of Yashima, rather than the Battle of Dan-no-ura.á

Kuniyoshi - (T163) Battle of Dannoura, Yoshitsune`s leap (left), the Imperial barge and some other boats, Pub

Another state of the above triptych with the seal of the publisher Maru-ya Tetsujir˘

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Title: Minamoto no Yoshitsune rot˘ wo insotsu shite etc.

Description: Benkei beating Yoshitsune before Togashi (on missing right-hand panel) at the Ataka Barrier with Ky˘-no-kimi (left) protesting

Publisher: Man-Kyű (Mankyű)

Date: 1845

Robinson: T164

Kuniyoshi - (T165) Battle of Kawanakajima, pub

Title: The Great War at Kawanakajima (Shinshű Kawanakajima ˘-kassen no zu, 信州川中嶋大合戦)

Description: The encounter of Shingen and Kenshin on the riverbank at Kawanakajima: Kenshin on a rearing horse raises his sword; Shingen prepares to receive the blow on his war-fan

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: 1845

Robinson: T165

Kuniyoshi - (T166) Soma Taro & the Big Frog, 1844

Title: S˘ma ni Tar˘ Yoshikado wa chichi no metsub˘ no toki t˘sai etc.

Description: The Toad Spirit (here called Gama Sennin) instructing Yoshikado and his sister Takiyasha in magic by causing a woman to materialize on his breath

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

Date: 1845

Robinson: T166

Kuniyoshi - (T167) Fujinoye, seated reading, approached by Yoshitsune with her husband Tadahira behind

Title: Yoshitsune ďshű-e gek˘ shite Koromogawa no tachi etc.

Description: Fujinoe, seated reading, approached by Yoshitsune with her husband Tadahira behind

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Date: 1845 (censor Hama Yahei)

Robinson: T167

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: Sat˘ Shir˘ Tadanobu Horikawa no tachi wo ochiru etc.

Description: Sat˘ Tadanobu standing at bay before his attackers with the go board overturned

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

Date: 1845

Robinson: T168

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Title: Minamoto no Yorimitsu Ason Tamba no kuni lchihara-no etc.

Description: The ambush of Kid˘ Maru (also known as Sakata no Kintoki, centre) discovered by the retainers of Raik˘ (also known as Minamoto no Yorimitsu, on horse at right) on Ichihara Moor in Tamba Province

Publisher: Han

Date: 1845

Robinson: T169

 

NOTE: The website of the British Museum gives the title of this triptych as Kaido-maru wo taijisuru no zu (The Extermination of Kaido-maru, 鬼童丸を退治するの圖)

Kuniyoshi - (T170) The daughters of Yoshioka Ichimisai, backed by Keyamura Rokusuke, fighting Ky˘goku Takumi, their father's murderer, pub

Title: Yoshioka Ichimisai no musume chichi no ada etc.

Description: The daughters of Yoshioka Ichimisai, backed by Keyamura Rokusuke, fighting Ky˘goku Takumi, their fatherĺs murderer

Publisher: Sawa-ya K˘kichi

Date: 1845

Robinson: T170

Kuniyoshi - (T171) Onikawakamaru attacks the giant carp that ate his mother (blue)

Title: Untitled

Description: Oniwaka Maru about to leap into the river to attack the monstrous carp that had swallowed his mother

Publisher: Mino-ya Chűsuke

Date: 1845

Robinson: T171

Kuniyoshi - (T171) Onikawakamaru attacks the giant carp that ate his mother

Another state of the above design

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Title: Gi---shin-ei- soroi (義勇孝信 英雄そろひ)

Description: O-Seki watching a trial of strength between the two wrestlers Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

Date: 1845

Robinson: T172

Kuniy0shi - (TXXX)  Ichi-No-tani in my collection, which I can not find in your website or in robinson

Title: The Battle of Ichi-no-tani (一ノ谷合戦)

Description: Yoshitsune and his men descending Hiyodori-goe to attack the Taira camp in the Battle of Ichi-no-tani

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

Date: c. 1844-1845

Robinson: Not listed

 

I am grateful to Ole AlbŠk Pedersen for this image.

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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