Hachimantarô Minamoto Yoshiie kô (R) and Abe no Sadatô (L)

「八幡太郎源義家公」  「安部貞任」

Japanese
Edo period
1811–17 (Bunka 8–14)
Artist Katsukawa Shuntei (Shôkôsai) (Japanese, 1770–1824)


Catalogue Raisonné

King and Iwakiri, Japanese Warrior Prints (2007), p. 126, fig. a (L only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.3 x 51.5 cm (14 5/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.25683-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.25683 (right), 11.25684 (left)

Depicts the famous poetic exchange between the two generals at the battle of the Koromo River:
Yoshiie: “Koromo no tate wa hokorobinikeri” (The warp of the robe has unraveled = The shield of Koromo Castle has been destroyed)
Sadatô: “Toshi o heshi ito no midare no kurushisa ni” (Over the years, the threads became tangled in hardship)

Inscription

Yoshiie: "Koromo no tate wa hokorobinikeri"
Sadatô: "Toshi o heshi ito no midare no kurushisa ni"

Signed

Shuntei ga
春亭画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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