Ushiwaka (Yoshitsune) and Goblins (Tengu) Attack Benkei on Gojö Bridge

Ushiwaka (Yoshitsune) and Goblins (Tengu) Attack Benkei on Gojö Bridge

Object Title:

Ushiwaka (Yoshitsune) and Goblins (Tengu) Attack Benkei on Gojö Bridge

Date:

c. 1843 - 1847

Artist:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Active:

c. 1850s~1860s

Publisher:

Iseya Chüsuke < Isechü >

Medium:

Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Credit Line:

Gift of Victor S.K. Houston in honor of his wife, Pinao Brickwood Houston, 1941 (11641.13)

Object Number:

11641.13

Seals:

Ise-ya Chüsuke (sechü) (c. 1850s~1860s) 遠州屋彦兵衛 <遠彦>幕末

Description:

Ushiwaka was one of the names of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189), the half brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147-1199), the shögun who established the Kamakura government in 1192. Benkei was a warrior monk and notorious robber who had vowed to collect 1000 swords in Kyoto. According to legend, Ushiwaka encountered Benkei on Kyoto’s Gojö Bridge, where Benkei tried to steal his swords but was defeated. Thereafter, Benkei became Ushiwaka’s loyal vassal. "Imagination, Power & Humor: The Art of Utagawa Kuniyoshi" 10/14/2010 - 12/19/2010 ****************************************