Artist: Saikōtei Shibakuni (西光亭芝国)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Tozo the Farmer,
in reality Sasaki Takatsuna (佐々木高綱) -
Hyakusho Tozo jitsu wa Sasaki Takatsuna, Nakamura Utaemon

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Dates: 1824,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Saikōtei Shibakuni ga
Publishers: Ariwaradō Chūbei (Marks 015 - seal 04-019)
and an unidentified publisher (Marks U502 - seal 30-20)

Related links: British Museum ;

Physical description:

Nakamura Utaemon III as Sasaki Takatsuna in the Kabuki play Kamakura Sandaiki (鏡倉三代記) performed at the Kado Theater in 11/1824. His portrait appears on a battledore or hagoita.

According to the Kodansha Encyclopedia Sasaki Takatsuna (佐々木 高綱: ? - 1214) came from a family destroyed by the Heiji Disturbances of 1159-60. However, his life was spared because of he was so young. In 1180 he joined the forces of Minamoto no Yoritomo to fight against the Taira clan. He saved Yoritomo's life at the Battle of Ishibashiyama. Takatsuna "...helped Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the final destruction of the Taira, and for his services he was made military governor... of Nagato Province... It is said that he relinquished his title and possessions to his son in 1195 and became a Shingon priest at Mt. Kyōka... The story of his race across the river Ujigawa with Kajiwara Kagesue (1162-1200) to be the first to engage in battle with the enemy in 1184 is a popular subject in war tales and paintings."

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston identifies the second publisher as Wataya Kihei (Wataki)


Illustrated in color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 106.