Last Stand of the Kusunoki at Shijô-nawate

楠家勇士四条縄手にて討死 「四条縄手にて楠家の英雄大敵を引請けて大いに争戦して抜群の高名をあらはすの図」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Aito (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #118 (complete hexaptych); Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T346/T347

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.9 x 74.7 cm (14 1/2 x 29 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38229a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right half of an incomplete hexaptych.

Full title: At Shijô-nawate, the Heroes of the Kusunoki Clan Take on a Gigantic Enemy Force and in a Mighty Battle Display Their Incomparable Renown (Shijô-nawate ni te Nanke no eiyû taiteki o hikiukete ôi ni sôsen shite batsugun no kômyô o arawasu no zu)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳四
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection