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Yoritomo Raises His Flag: The Night Attack on the Yamaki Castle

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Yoritomo Raises His Flag: The Night Attack on the Yamaki Castle, 1854; 8th month, color woodblock print on paper; nishiki-e; triptych, Gift of Dennis W. Lee, public domain, 2012.90.1a-c

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Title

Yoritomo Raises His Flag: The Night Attack on the Yamaki Castle

Artist

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)

Related People

publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi (Japanese, active ca. 1812-1886)

Date

1854; 8th month

Medium

color woodblock print on paper; nishiki-e; triptych

Dimensions (H x W x D)

a) image: 17 7/8 in x 9 3/4 in; sheet: 14 1/4 in x 9 3/4 in; b) image: 17 7/8 in x 9 3/4 in; sheet: 14 1/4 in x 9 3/4 in; c) image: 17 7/8 in x 9 3/4 in; sheet: 14 3/8 in x 9 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

artist's seal: [Yoshi kiri seal], intaglio on red ground, right sheet: lower right; center sheet: lower left: left sheet: lower right Description: an outline of a paulownia crest; used by Utagawa Kuniyoshi as a seal

title: Yoritomo hataoki Yamaki yakata youchi no zu 頼朝旗起八牧館夜討図 (Yoritomo Raises His Flag: The Night Attack on the Yamaki Castle), printed in black, upper right of right print, within red rectangular cartouche Language: Japanese Description: title

publisher's mark: kyû 久, printed in black ink, lower right: left and right sheets; lower left: center sheet Language: [mark] Description: mark for Yamatoya Heikichi

date seal: tora hachi 寅八 (Tiger, 8 (Tiger year, 8th month)), printed, lower portion of each sheet Language: Japanese Description: inside oval, black on white ground

censor's mark: aratame 改 (Inspected), printed in black, lower portion of each sheet Language: Japanese Description: 改 inside round circle, black on white ground

signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎國芳画 (Picture [by] Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi), printed, lower portion of each sheet Language: Japanese Description: inside 2 rectangular cartouches

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Traditional Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of Dennis W. Lee

Accession Number

2012.90.1a-c

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Japanese woodblock prints

musha-e

relief printing

relief prints

triptychs

Description

The first round of warfare between Minamoto and Taira forces, in 1150, ended in total defeat for the Minamoto. Yoritomo, the young son of the Minamoto general, was spared the death penalty and sent into exile in eastern Japan. As he grew to manhood, he won the loyalty of the local samurai, and in 1180 he issued a call to arms. His first successful military venture was a night attack on Yamaki Castle, a Taira estate, that same year. Here Kuniyoshi captures the chaos of the opening salvo in a civil war that would last five years.

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