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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 (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 late 19th century)

Date

1854; 8th month

Medium

color woodblock print (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

title: 頼朝旗起八牧館夜討図, printed in black, upper right of right print, within red rectangular cartouche

publisher's mark: , printed in black ink, lower right: left and right sheets; lower left: center sheet

date seal: 寅八, printed, lower portion of each sheet

censor's mark: , printed in black, lower portion of each sheet

signature: 一勇斎國芳画, printed, lower portion of each sheet

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

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

1st Floor

Margaret Thiele Petti Gallery

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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