Ushiwakamaru, with the Help of the Tengu, Fights Benkei on Gojô Bridge

五条橋で牛若丸と天狗は弁慶を伏さしむる 「平家の驕奢悪逆を憎み鞍馬山の僧正坊を始め諸山の八天狗御曹子牛若丸の影身に添ひ源家再興を企るに随従の英雄を伏さしむる図」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1847–50 (Kôka 4–Kaei 3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #16; Chiba City Mus., Ukiyo-e ni egakareta kodomotachi (2014), #275; Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), pp. 140-1; NHK, Yoshitsune ten (2005), #182; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T194

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.5 cm (14 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.28778-80

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.28778 (right), 11.28779 (center), 11.28780 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.28763VR (11.28763, 11.28784, 11.28785), 11.28775-7, 11.28778-80, 11.30567a-c, 11.38223a-b (key blocks, R and C only)

The full title:
Disgusted by the Arrogant Misdeeds of the Taira, Sojobo of Mount Kurama and the Rest of the Eight Tengu Become Close Companions of Ushiwakamaru and Recruit Heroes as His Followers in Order to Restore the Minamoto Clan (Heike no kyôsha akugaku o nikumi Kuramasan no Sôjôbô o hajime shosan no hachi tengu Onzôshi Ushiwakamaru no kagemi ni soi Genke no saikô o kuwadateru ni zuijû no eiyû o fukusashimuru zu)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
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: August 3, 1911)

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