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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Clearing Weather on Ichihara Moor (Ichiharano seiran - 市原野晴嵐) from the series Eight Views of Military Brilliance (Yōbu hakkei - 燿武八景)

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Dates: circa 1836,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.125 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Chōōrō Kuniyoshi ga
朝櫻樓国芳画
Publisher: Tsuruya Kiemon
(Marks 553- seal 22-066)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Ritsumeikan University; British Museum; Lyon Collection Kuniyoshi of Kidōmaru hiding at Ichihara Moor;

Physical description:

Please click on the image and then use your mouse to enlarge the print. That dark, charcoal blob just to the left of the center of this print is not a blotch or mistake. It is the hair of the blue demon the warriors are trying to subdue or kill.

Text in the large cartouche in the upper left: 陸奥百舌鳥屋 市原の野飼の牛は鯨とも見まし薄の浪の中には 仙府千柳亭 かくれても人の心の針茸は草むらわけて狩出されけり

The warrior struggling in the lower center is Urabe no Suetake (卜部季武). He is accompanied by Kidōmaru (鬼童丸), Usui no Sadamitsu (碓井貞光) and Sakata no Kintoki (坂田公時).

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The British Museum notes that the theme of this print is actually Kidōmaru's attempt kill Minamoto no Yorimitsu. There is another related print in the Lyon Collection showing Kidōmaru revealing himself from under the hide of an oxen at Ichihara Moor.

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Illustrated in color in 浮世絵八華 (Ukiyo-e hakka), vol. 7 (Kuniyoshi), Heibonsha, 1985, #18.