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Yoshitsune and Benkei

  • Benkei with His Tools as a Catfish...

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    Benkei with His Tools as a Catfish (Benkei namazu dôgu)

    about 1855 (Ansei 2)

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.38621

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  • Ushiwakamaru, with the Help of the...

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    Ushiwakamaru, with the Help of the Tengu, Fights Benkei on Gojô Bridge

    about 1847–50 (Kôka 4–Kaei 3)

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 76 cm (14 1/2 x 29 15/16 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.28763, 11.28784, 11.28785

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    Triptych: 11.28763 (right), 11.28784 (center), 11.28785 (right) MFA impressions: 11.28763VR (11.28763, 11.28784, 11.28785), 11.28775-7, 11.28778-80, 11.30567a-c, 11.38223a-b (key blocks, R and C only) The full title: Disgusted by the Arrogant Misdeeds of the Taira, Sojobo of Mount Kurama and the Rest of the Eight Tengu Become Close Companions of Ushiwakamaru and Recruit Heroes as His Followers in Order to Restore the Minamoto Clan (Heike no kyôsha akugaku o nikumi Kuramasan no Sôjôbô o hajime shosan no hachi tengu Onzôshi Ushiwakamaru no kagemi ni soi Genke no saikô o kuwadateru ni zuijû no eiyû o fukusashimuru zu)

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  • Part 9: On Gojô Bridge,...

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    Part 9: On Gojô Bridge, Ushiwakamaru Defeats Musashibô Benkei (Kyûkai, Gojô no hashi ni Ushiwakamaru Musashibô Benkei o fusu), from the series The Life of Yoshitsune (Yoshitsune ichidaiki no uchi)

    about 1832–34 (Tenpô 3–5)

    Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 22.8 x 34.7 cm (9 x 13 11/16 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.8968

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  • No. 13: Ushiwakamaru and Benkei on...

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    No. 13: Ushiwakamaru and Benkei on Gojô Bridge, from the series Mirror of the Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, the Wellspring of Romance (Hodo Yoshitsune koi no minamoto ichidai kagami)

    about 1852 (Kaei 5)

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.9 cm (14 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.38128

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  • Actors Kataoka Ichizô III(?) as...

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    Actors Kataoka Ichizô III(?) as Onzôshi Ushiwaka (R) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Musashibô Benkei (L)

    1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month

    Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 49.9 cm (14 5/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.40816a-b

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  • Kagami netsuke with design of...

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    Kagami netsuke with design of Benkei with his eight weapons on the Gojo Bridge

    mid to late 19th century

    Ikedo Komin, Japanese

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.2 x 1.4 cm (1 5/8 x 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Main material: shibuichi; wood; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold; decorative technique: katakiri-bori, zogan

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.24049

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  • Five-case inro with design of...

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    Five-case inro with design of Ushiwakamaru and Benkei on the Gojo Bridge

    Early 19th century

    Kajikawa School, Japanese

    Dimensions

    Overall: 9.4 x 4.6 x 2.7 cm (3 11/16 x 1 13/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Black lacquer ground with fine gold hirame; decoration in gold and aokin hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with kinpun and kirikane, applied with the two warriors in gold, shakudo, silver and copper

    Classification

    Inro

    Accession Number

    11.9965

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  • Musashibô Benkei and Onzôshi...

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    Musashibô Benkei and Onzôshi Ushiwakamaru on Gojô Bridge

    1811 (Bunka 8), 7th month

    Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 51.5 cm (14 15/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.40129a-b

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  • Tsuba with design of Ushiwakamaru...

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    Tsuba with design of Ushiwakamaru and Benkei fighting on the Gojô Bridge

    early to mid-19th century

    Sôten School, Japanese

    Dimensions

    Overall: 7.4 x 7.1 x 0.6 cm (2 15/16 x 2 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Main material: iron; other metals: gold and silver; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, marubori, zôgan

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.12259

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  • MINAMOTO NO USHIWAKAMARU AND...

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    Minamoto no Ushiwakamaru and Musashibô Benkei on Gojô Bridge

    Torii Kiyotsune, Japanese, active 1757–1779

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 30.3 x 13.5 cm (11 15/16 x 5 5/16 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.433

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  • MFA Artwork USHIWAKAMARU AND...

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    Ushiwakamaru and Benkei on Gojô Bridge

    Utagawa Toyoharu, Japanese, 1735–1814

    Dimensions

    Vertical aiban; 29.9 x 21.2 cm (11 3/4 x 8 3/8 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6909

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  • TOBACCO-POUCH; KAGAMI NETSUKE WITH...

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    Tobacco-pouch; kagami netsuke with design of Ushiwakamaru; silver chain with fitting with design of pine, bamboo and plum; kanamono in the form of Benkei; inner plate with design of the Gojo bridge; leather pipe-case

    mid to late 19th century (before 1889)

    Yokoya Soyo, Japanese, 1700–1779

    Dimensions

    Overall: 15 x 9 x 5 cm (5 7/8 x 3 9/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Main material: leather; other metals: ivory, gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5568a-c

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  • USHIWAKAMARU AND BENKEI

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    Ushiwakamaru and Benkei

    about 1784 (Tenmei 4)

    Torii Kiyonaga, Japanese, 1752–1815

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 26.2 cm (15 1/16 x 10 5/16 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.13911

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  • ONZÔSHI USHIWAKAMARU AND MUSASHIBÔ...

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    Onzôshi Ushiwakamaru and Musashibô Benkei on Gojô Bridge

    1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)

    Utagawa Yoshifuji, Japanese, 1828–1889

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban diptych

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.22798-9

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    Diptych: 11.22798 (right), 11.22799 (left)

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  • USHIWAKA AND BENKEI

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    Ushiwaka and Benkei

    1871

    Watanabe Seitei, Japanese, 1852–1918

    Dimensions

    Image: 120 x 54.6 cm (47 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Hanging scroll: ink, color and gold on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8561

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