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Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周)

Print: The Typhoon at Daimotsu Bay in Settsu Province in 1188 (Bunji yonen Sesshū Daimotsu no ura nanpū no zu- 文治四年摂州大物浦難風之図)

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Dates: 1860,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Kunichika ga (国周画)
Publisher Ōmiya Kyūjirō (Marks 415 - seal 30-034)
Combined censor and date seal: aratame and 4/1860

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Amagasaki Municipal Archives; Google map - Osaka Bay - Daimotsu is right off of Amagasaki;

Physical description:

Magnificent early triptych of the Taira ghosts attacking Yoshitsune's ship in a storm.

Daimotsu Bay is in the northeast part of Osaka Bay right off the area of Amagasaki. To see this location click on the Google map link above.

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The main figure, the fierce fellow in the billowing red robe, is Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶).

The ghost warrior at the bottom of the left panel, nearest the prow of the ship, is the general, Taira no Yukimori (平行盛). His title of Director of the Stables of the Left (Samanokami - 左馬頭) appear before his name.

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Hanging from the side of the boat is a small white curtain with the black motif of the sasarindō, a Minamoto clan crest. A careful examination of the right-hand panel and you will find this motif again on both clothing and on the draped curtain behind the desperate fighting men.

"The personal, rather than clan mon of Minamoto no Yoritomo was the sasarindō, a design in which three flowers of rindō (the Japanese gentian, Gentiana scabra or G. makinoi) sit above three leaves of the shrubby bamboo Sasa. The gentian was characteristic of the damp grassland flora of Southern Japan, while the bamboo was a signature plant of the North. This elegant posy is iconographic code for the shogun: the North is subjugated by the South; the country united under his military authority."

Quoted from: The Lotus Quest: In Search of the Sacred Flower by Mark Griffiths, p. 245.

[We shall identify more of the figures of this triptych in time.]