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Untitled musha-e (Warrior Tales)

Description Hand-painted manuscript, 75-full page illustrations
Created Date 1839
Contributor Unknown (Author) / 源助町, 伊勢金, Gensuke-chō, Isekin? (Publisher)
Language Japanese
Identifier Local: The Melikian Collection L2011.008.070
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Dimension: 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 in. (closed)
Note Cover: Nishimura-shi 西村氏= “Nishimura family,” or
“Mr. Nishimura”;
Note This manuscript consists of 75 pages of hand-drawn copies of musha-e (武者絵), or “warrior prints.” This genre became wildly popular during the 18th century, due in large part to the artwork of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳, 1797-1862), nicknamed musha-e no Kuniyoshi, or “Kuniyoshi of the Warrior Prints.”1 All 75 pages are dedicated to heroic deeds of brave Japanese historical figures or fictional characters, and the majority are direct copies of Kuniyoshi’s prints. One example, however, is a copy of Hokusai’s print of Hatakeyama Shigetada carrying his horse down a steep mountain (see left). Hatakeyama Shigetada (畠山 重忠, 1164–1205) was a medieval samurai who was associated with many tales of valor and strength. This particular scene comes from the G... (more)
Collaborating Institutions ASU Art Museum / School of Art / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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