Eastern Brocades: No. 36 Ushiwakamaru, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
12 11/16 in. x 8 3/16 in. (322.26 mm x 207.96 mm)
Back to back print with 93.6.97. No. 37.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.
The young noble (onzoshi) called Ushiwakamaru, who would later be known as the great warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189), traveled to Mutsu Province, in the north of the main island, where he sought lodgings one night in a cottage. When the owner Ise no Saburo Yoshimori returned, he immediately pledged allegiance to Ushiwakamaru because of family connections to the Genji clan. Yoshimori would become one of Yoshitsune's loyal generals in the Genpei Wars.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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