The Warning Notice (Kinsatsu zu), from the series Ancient and Modern Heroes (Kokon yûshi-zoroe)

「古今勇士揃 金札図」(=禁札ヵ)

Edo period
Artist Utagawa Toyoharu (Japanese, 1735–1814), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Horizontal yotsugiri (quarter ôban); 12.3 x 16.2 cm (4 13/16 x 6 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The word “Kinsatsu” is written with characters that mean literally “Golden tablet” but also sound like “Warning notice.” The scene seems to be the beginning of the story of Watanabe no Tsuna and the Ibaraki demon. Tsuna quarrels with Yasumasa over whether or not there is really a demon at the Rashômon gate, until their mutual lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (Raikô) orders Tsuna to post a warning notice at the gate. When he does so, Tsuna is attacked by the demon. The story continues in RES.54.82 and RES.54.83, which may be from the same series although they do not have the series title.


Utagawa Toyoharu ga


1954, by exchange from Worcester Art Museum to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1954)

Credit Line

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Worcester Art Museum exchange, made possible through the Special Korean Pottery Fund, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, and Smithsonian Institution—Chinese Expedition, 1923–24