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Akiyama Buemon - Tsuki hyakushi - Walters 95348

Akiyama Buemon - Tsuki hyakushi - Walters 95348

Yamanaka Yukimori (1543-76), a samurai known for his great strength and loyalty, served the Amako warlord during a time in Japanese history referred to as "Sengoku," or "the country at war." He wears a suit of ... More

Aritaya Kiyoemon - Omi hakkei no uchi - Walters 95606

Aritaya Kiyoemon - Omi hakkei no uchi - Walters 95606

A mother and her child prepare roasted "dango," or rice cakes, traditionally eaten to mark special events throughout the year. In this print, they are being prepared for "tsukimi," the moon-viewing festival hel... More

Asano Eizo - Zashiki juku doke Chushingura - Walters 95652

Asano Eizo - Zashiki juku doke Chushingura - Walters 95652

Kyosai here turns "seppuku" (ritualized suicide) into something treated humorously: suicide by disembowelment is about to be performed on a blowfish. This print represents a scene from a play that parodies one ... More

Chikanobu - Gempei seisuki - Walters 95360

Chikanobu - Gempei seisuki - Walters 95360

The beautiful and courageous Tomoe Gozen triumphantly rears back on her horse after severing the head of her enemy Morishige. As the warrior-mistress of the Genji leader Yoshinaka, she had fought many battles a... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9514 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9514 - Detail A

Isoai Juroemon Masahisa making a stroke with his "naginata."

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9514 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9514 - Mark A

Isoai Juroemon Masahisa making a stroke with his "naginata."

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9514

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9514

Isoai Juroemon Masahisa making a stroke with his "naginata."

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516 (cropped)

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516 (cropped)

Senzaki Yagoro Noriyasu running, spear in hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516 - Detail A

Senzaki Yagoro Noriyasu running, spear in hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516 - Mark A

Senzaki Yagoro Noriyasu running, spear in hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9516

Senzaki Yagoro Noriyasu running, spear in hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9517 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9517 - Detail A

Yazama Jujiro Motooki blowing a signal whistle, a drawn sword in his other hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9517 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9517 - Mark A

Yazama Jujiro Motooki blowing a signal whistle, a drawn sword in his other hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9517

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9517

Yazama Jujiro Motooki blowing a signal whistle, a drawn sword in his other hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9521 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9521 - Detail A

Okajima Yasoemon Tsunetatsu guarding himself with a brazier cover marked with hand-prints.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9521

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9521

Okajima Yasoemon Tsunetatsu guarding himself with a brazier cover marked with hand-prints.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543 - Detail A

After Enya Hangan attacked the evil Moronao in the palace, the Shogun had no choice but to order him to commit ritual suicide. Thus was set into motion the vendetta on the part of the forty-seven warriors who h... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543 - Mark A

After Enya Hangan attacked the evil Moronao in the palace, the Shogun had no choice but to order him to commit ritual suicide. Thus was set into motion the vendetta on the part of the forty-seven warriors who h... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543 - Mark B

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543 - Mark B

After Enya Hangan attacked the evil Moronao in the palace, the Shogun had no choice but to order him to commit ritual suicide. Thus was set into motion the vendetta on the part of the forty-seven warriors who h... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9543

After Enya Hangan attacked the evil Moronao in the palace, the Shogun had no choice but to order him to commit ritual suicide. Thus was set into motion the vendetta on the part of the forty-seven warriors who h... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9546 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9546 - Detail A

The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to comm... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9546 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9546 - Mark A

The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to comm... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9546

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9546

The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to comm... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548 - Detail A

Mase Chudayu Masa-aki, full face, aiming an arrow.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548 - Mark A

Mase Chudayu Masa-aki, full face, aiming an arrow.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548 - Mark B

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548 - Mark B

Mase Chudayu Masa-aki, full face, aiming an arrow.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9548

Mase Chudayu Masa-aki, full face, aiming an arrow.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550 - Detail A

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). 'Seichu gishi den,' 1847-48. mulberry paper, pigments. Walters Art Museum (95.50): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1986.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550 - Mark A

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). 'Seichu gishi den,' 1847-48. mulberry paper, pigments. Walters Art Museum (95.50): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1986.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550 - Mark B

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550 - Mark B

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). 'Seichu gishi den,' 1847-48. mulberry paper, pigments. Walters Art Museum (95.50): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1986.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9550

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). 'Seichu gishi den,' 1847-48. mulberry paper, pigments. Walters Art Museum (95.50): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1986.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9551 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9551 - Detail A

Tragically, Kampei comes to believe that the man he has killed when trying to shoot the wild boar is his own father-in-law. In a fit of remorse, he kills himself. He is never able to join the other warriors. Ne... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9551 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9551 - Mark A

Tragically, Kampei comes to believe that the man he has killed when trying to shoot the wild boar is his own father-in-law. In a fit of remorse, he kills himself. He is never able to join the other warriors. Ne... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9551

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9551

Tragically, Kampei comes to believe that the man he has killed when trying to shoot the wild boar is his own father-in-law. In a fit of remorse, he kills himself. He is never able to join the other warriors. Ne... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552 - Detail A

The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to comm... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552 - Mark A

The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to comm... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552 - Mark B

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552 - Mark B

The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to comm... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9552

The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to comm... More

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9554 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9554 - Detail A

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). 'Seichu gishi den,' 1847-48. mulberry paper, pigments. Walters Art Museum (95.54): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1986.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9554 - Mark A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9554 - Mark A

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). 'Seichu gishi den,' 1847-48. mulberry paper, pigments. Walters Art Museum (95.54): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1986.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9554

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 9554

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861). 'Seichu gishi den,' 1847-48. mulberry paper, pigments. Walters Art Museum (95.54): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1986.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 957 - Detail A

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 957 - Detail A

Yato Yomoshichi Norikane holding his spear in his right hand behind his back and drinking from a porcelain cup in his left hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 957

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Seichu gishi den - Walters 957

Yato Yomoshichi Norikane holding his spear in his right hand behind his back and drinking from a porcelain cup in his left hand.

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95567

Ebiya Rinnosuke - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95567

日本語: 「大井川 無事に越しと 島田髷 文のかなやに 告るふる郷 梅屋」English: In Japan, an island country with many rivers, having to cross bodies of water made traveling difficult and sometimes hazardous during the Edo period. In this image,... More

Enshuya Matabei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95546

Enshuya Matabei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95546

日本語: 詞書は神奈川宿の北端にある観福寿寺(浦島寺)に因んで浦島太郎の話を載せている。釣りを楽しむ女性の錦絵。English: This elegant woman uses a fishing line to catch prawns as she drifts near the shore at Kanagawa. Her bunched-up sleeves and the scarf she holds i... More

Enshuya Matabei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95571

Enshuya Matabei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95571

日本語: 『東海道五十三對 見附』、十返舎一九の『東海道中膝栗毛』の三島におけるすっぽんに噛みつかれた話を 見附の地がすっぽんを名物とすることから、広重が見附を表す絵として拝借したもの。English: In this print everything goes topsy-turvy as people run into each other trying to escape from a snapping tur... More

Enshuya Matabei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95573

Enshuya Matabei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95573

日本語: 「汐見の見得」で知られる抜け荷買いの頭目毛剃九右衛門を著したとされる錦絵。 Part of the series The 53 stations of the Tokaido in pairs(or "53 Parallels for the Tōkaidō Road"), a series of woodcuts composed by Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada ... More

Face art detail, from- Akiyama Buemon - Tsuki hyakushi - Walters 95348 (cropped)

Face art detail, from- Akiyama Buemon - Tsuki hyakushi - Walters 95348...

Yukimori (1543-76), a samurai known for his great strength and loyalty, served the Amako warlord during a time in Japanese history referred to as "Sengoku," or "the country at war." He wears a suit of armor cal... More

Frog - Yamamotoya Heikichi, Eikyudo - Seisho nana i-ro-ha - Walters 95130 (cropped)

Frog - Yamamotoya Heikichi, Eikyudo - Seisho nana i-ro-ha - Walters 95...

The actors Nakamura Fukusuke I and Iwai Kumesaburō III (from left) as Ota Tarō and Takiyasha-hime. The wicked Princess Takiyasha is shown in this print invoking toad magic in her attempt to overcome her enemy t... More

Frogs, Hokushu - Keisei Omonguchi - Walters 9584 (cropped)

Frogs, Hokushu - Keisei Omonguchi - Walters 9584 (cropped)

This print illustrates a scene from the Kabuki play "Keisei Omonguchi." The character is shown gazing upon a spirit fire, which usually suggests a confrontation with the supernatural, frequently the ghost of an... More

Fujikawa Tamenobu - The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road on Foot - Walters 95686

Fujikawa Tamenobu - The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road on Fo...

A samurai in the center of the image scowls as he sees the damage done to the Kanbara rest-house by Yaji-robe, wearing a dark green robe, and Kita-hachi, wearing a blue checkered kimono. These figures are chara... More

Fukuda Hatsujiro - Fuzoku ga - Walters 95647

Fukuda Hatsujiro - Fuzoku ga - Walters 95647

With barely a hint of landscape, three women in their simple but colorful garments stand out brilliantly as the focal point of this print. The oval basket with a hole in its top waits to be filled by these eleg... More

Fukuda Hatsujiro - Fuzoku ga - Walters 95648

Fukuda Hatsujiro - Fuzoku ga - Walters 95648

With a delicate willow tree as a framing device, the artist focuses solely upon his subjects. The two women, carefully balanced, one standing, elongated and sinuous, and her companion, more solidly grounded in ... More

Funazu - Yoshitoshi ryakuga - Walters 95350, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Funazu - Yoshitoshi ryakuga - Walters 95350, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

The famous Kyoto artist Maruyama Okyo was well known for his true-to-life paintings. It was said that his flower paintings were so real that bees tried to pollinate them. Another story, illustrated by this prin... More

Hashiguchi Goyo - Woman in Blue Combing Her Hair - Walters 95880

Hashiguchi Goyo - Woman in Blue Combing Her Hair - Walters 95880

Kamisuki (Combing the hair), A colour woodblock print, Japan, Taishō era, 1920 Goyō Hashiguchi. فارسی: کامیسوکی (شانه زدن موها)، چاپ باسمه‌ای رنگی، متعلق به دوره تایشو، از کارهای معروف هاشیگوچی گویو، ۱۹۲۰ میلادی.

Hiranoya Shinzo - Toyokuni kigo kijutsu kurabe - Walters 95131

Hiranoya Shinzo - Toyokuni kigo kijutsu kurabe - Walters 95131

The actor Kawarazaki Gonjūrō I in the role of Unryū Kurō. The monk Kurodo Tokugo wanted to get back at the people who ridiculed him because of his big nose, but his scheme failed. He posted a notice saying a d... More

Hironobu - Dogi taikoki - Walters 9581

Hironobu - Dogi taikoki - Walters 9581

An annual festival at Uji commemorates the famous battle at Dan-no-ura in 1185. Thousands of fireflies are released from cages. They represent the spirits of the dead Taira and Minamoto warriors. This print is ... More

Hokushu - Keisei Omonguchi - Walters 9584

Hokushu - Keisei Omonguchi - Walters 9584

This print illustrates a scene from the Kabuki play "Keisei Omonguchi." The character is shown gazing upon a spirit fire, which usually suggests a confrontation with the supernatural, frequently the ghost of an... More

Honsei - Arashi Kitsusaburo II Attacks Fujikawa Tomokichi I - Walters 95125

Honsei - Arashi Kitsusaburo II Attacks Fujikawa Tomokichi I - Walters ...

Arashi Kitsusaburo II portrays a man with a sword threatening the courtesan Taruya Osen portrayed by Fujikawa Tomokichi I.

Honsei - Keisei Ura no Asagin - Walters 9583

Honsei - Keisei Ura no Asagin - Walters 9583

The play "Keisei Ura no Asagin" describes an unsuccessful attempt by a villain named Karahashi, a subject of the Aboshi clan, to steal the clan treasures and install his son as leader. In act 3, Kowari Dennai, ... More

Honsei - Nakamura Matsue III as the Wife Omaka - Walters 9587

Honsei - Nakamura Matsue III as the Wife Omaka - Walters 9587

Hokushu (Japanese, active 1810-32). 'Nakamura Matsue III as the Wife Omaka,' ca. 1813-32. mulberry paper, color, ink. Walters Art Museum (95.87): Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1986.

Horikame (1849-65) - Ichikawa some - Walters 9574

Horikame (1849-65) - Ichikawa some - Walters 9574

Hironobu was probably a pupil of Hirosada. He designed fewer prints than his contemporary Yoshitaki, but these included comic subjects as well as actor prints.

Ibaya Kyubei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95562

Ibaya Kyubei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95562

日本語: 『東海道五十三對 府中』 上部はあべ川の情景とあべ川もちの由来を記し、下段には名産である安倍茶の茶摘みを描く。文中の「駿河路や花橘も茶の匂ひ」は松尾芭蕉の句。 Part of the series The 53 stations of the Tokaido in pairs(or "53 Parallels for the Tōkaidō Road"), a series of woodcuts comp... More

Ibaya Kyubei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95564

Ibaya Kyubei - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95564

日本語: 宇津の山を通る蔦の細道に在る猫石に因んで、『獨道中五十三驛』の「岡崎の化け猫」の情景を描いた錦絵。English: According to legend, there was an old witch living along the Tokaido road who would assume the shape of a giant cat in order to waylay young women ... More

Ibaya Sensaburo - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95548

Ibaya Sensaburo - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95548

日本語: 『東海道五十三對 戸塚』 この情景は仮名手本忠臣蔵の一幕『道行旅路の花聟』の腰元お軽を題材にしたものとされる。English: The daimyo were "lords" in the hierarchy of the ruling military aristocracy of feudal Japan. Though a maid, this woman's clothes and hairstyl... More

Ibaya Sensaburo - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95568

Ibaya Sensaburo - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95568

日本語: 『東海道五十三對 日坂』 佐夜ノ中山を題材とした情景を描いたものとされる。English: As a husband passes by the place where his pregnant wife was brutally murdered, her ghost appears and hands their child to him. She then tells him the story o... More

Ibaya Sensaburo - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95569

Ibaya Sensaburo - Tokaido gojusan tsui - Walters 95569

日本語: 『東海道五十三對 掛川』 歌舞伎演目『伊勢音頭恋寝刃』の主人公、福岡貢が日に照らして密書を読む情景を描いたもの。 Part of the series The 53 stations of the Tokaido in pairs(or "53 Parallels for the Tōkaidō Road"), a series of woodcuts composed by Hiroshige, Kuni... More

Ikekichi - A Conversation - Walters 9598

Ikekichi - A Conversation - Walters 9598

The play depicted in this print has not yet been identified, but the two actors here could be husband and wife, or innkeeper and guest. The double-portrait format is unusual; Hirosada's half-length portraits ("... More

Ise-Kane - Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi no Uchi - Walters 95758

Ise-Kane - Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi no Uchi - Walters 95758

The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII in the role of Ishii Heisuke, from the series ’The 53 stations of the Tokaidō highway’ (or Yakusha Tôkaidô). The story of Ishikawa Heisuke, who is depicted at Kameyama, is not kno... More

Iseya Ichibei - Genjigumo ukiyo-e awase - Walters 95104 - Detail A

Iseya Ichibei - Genjigumo ukiyo-e awase - Walters 95104 - Detail A

The great 12th-century general Taira no Tomomori ties himself to an anchor so that he may die by his own hand and not from enemy action as defeat nears in the famous sea battle at Dan-no-ura (1185). In "The Tal... More

Iseya Ichibei - Genjigumo ukiyo-e awase - Walters 95104

Iseya Ichibei - Genjigumo ukiyo-e awase - Walters 95104

The great 12th-century general Taira no Tomomori ties himself to an anchor so that he may die by his own hand and not from enemy action as defeat nears in the famous sea battle at Dan-no-ura (1185). In "The Tal... More

Iseya Ichibei - Genjigumo ukiyo-e awase - Walters 95110 - Detail A

Iseya Ichibei - Genjigumo ukiyo-e awase - Walters 95110 - Detail A

The evil lady-in-waiting Iwafuji plots to kill the shogun in the play "Kagamiyama kokyo no nishikie" ("The Women's Chushingura"). This chapter of "The Tale of Genji" also concerns ladies-in-waiting and divided ... More