Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Evening Bell at Tōdaiji Temple (Tōdaiji banshō - 東大寺晩鐘)
from the series Military Brilliance of the Eight Views (Yōbu hakkei - 燿武八景)

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Dates: 1852,created
Dimensions: 14.0 in,9.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Seal: kiri
Publisher: Enshūya Hikobei (Marks 055 - seal 21-016)
Censors' seals: Mera and Watanabe
Date: 7/1852

Related links: British Museum; Kuniyoshi Project; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum;

Physical description:

Robert Schaap in his Heroes & Ghosts:Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 wrote: "Akushichibyōe Kagekiyo (Bad man of the seventh degree) Kagekiyo (died 1195), here seen in the black and grey clothes of a monk holding a naginata (spear). The scene refers to the legend that he went to Nara disguised as a priest with the intention to murder Minamoto Yoritomo (1147-99). He was however discovered and is said to have blinded himself in order to avoid seeing the triumph of his enemy.

This scene is compared with Vesper bell at Tōdaiji (temple) from the Eight views."

See also Robinson The Warrior Prints, p. 156.