Eastern Brocades: No. 9 Minamoto Hachiman Taro Yoshiie, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 8 13/16 in. (33.02 cm x 22.38 cm)
Back to back print with 93.6.15. No. 9.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.
The famous warrior Minamoto no Yoshiie (1041-1108) was sent to the north of Japan to regain control for the imperial court of lands taken by the Abe clan. While negotiating with Abe no Muneto one rainy evening, the house was attacked, but the rebels were driven off by the dogs and arrows. Yoshiie attributed this escape to the aid of the war deity Hachiman.
Inset: Yoshiie outside the gated compound.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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