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Title

(Loyal retainer Tadanobu), from the series The vicissitudes of the Minamoto and Taira clans

1885


Artist

Toyohara (Yōshū) Chikanobu

Japan

1838 - 1912


About

Produced in the mid to late 19th century, the period often referred to as the 'decadent' period of ukiyo-e; the subject matter reflect the feeling of unrest in Japan when the Shogunate Government was losing its grip on the rising powers of merchants & progressive regions. The subtlety of the pleasure seeking 'floating world' of earlier times gave way to depictions of emotional drama or violence taken from historical battles, stories of heroic deeds & the kabuki theatre.

Text inscription in work: 'Satô Shirô Hyôe Tadanobu put on (his master Yoshitsune's) sword and armour, and took on the scores of approaching temple soldiers of Yoshino. He ran up the five-story pagoda and jumped off at the back of the pagoda. One Rokusen of Yokokawa, a soldier monk reknowned for his strength, also jumped off and chased him. Tadanobu fought Rokusen, killed him, then followed his master to the Capital.'


Details


Alternative title

Genpei seisui ki: Jû-san


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1885


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

35.2 x 24.3 cm image; 37.1 x 25.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Yôshû Chikanobu hitsû [and artist's seal]".
Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr Roderick Bain 1997


Location

Not on display


Accession number

159.1997


Artist information

Toyohara (Yōshū) Chikanobu

Works in the collection

11


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 6 (colour illus.). cat.no. 1.6