Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi

Object Title:

Miyamoto Musashi

Series Title:

Selections of Eight Views


c. 1843 - 1847


Utagawa Kuniyoshi


c. 1810s~1850s


Ibaya Sensaburö < Ibasen > Dansendö


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 (11641.36)

Object Number:



Iba-ya Sensaburö Dansendö (c. 1810s~1850s) 伊場屋仙三郎 <伊場仙>団扇堂、団仙堂文政~明治

Other Title:

Kanji : 宮本無三四 Series Kanji : 美盾八競


Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was a Japanese swordsman famed for his distinctive style in the early Edo period (17th century). He became renowned through stories of his legendary swordsmanship in numerous duels. By the late Edo period, many popular novels portrayed Musashi as the main protagonist. Musashi was said to have traveled extensively throughout Japan while developing his martial skills. In this print, Musashi uses a huge pillar as his weapon as he fights with a number of opponents. Kuniyoshi skillfully captures the minute details of the costumes, facial expressions and poses of each subject in the composition. "Imagination, Power & Humor: The Art of Utagawa Kuniyoshi" 10/14/2010 - 12/19/2010 ****************************************