Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (artist 01/01/1797 – 04/14/1861)
Tametomo is visited by the ghosts of the Emperor Sutoku and his retainers in the guise of tengu - from the series Ten Admirable Deeds of Tametomo (Tametomo homare no jikketsu - 為朝誉十傑)
10 in x 14.5 in (Overall dimensions) color woodblock print
Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri (in red)
Publisher: Aritaya Seiemon (Marks 014 - seal 22-064)
Censors' seals: these are missing, but would probably be
Mera and Murata
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Museums of Scotland
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California From the series, Ten Famous Glories of Tametomo (Tametomo homare no jikketsu, 為朝譽十傑). The text is by Ryūkatei Tanekazu (柳下亭種員).
Minamoto Tametomo was a twelfth century warrior whose exploits were fictionalized in a novel by Bakin titled Yumibari tsuki ('Bow of the Full Moon').
"On visiting the grave of emperor Sutoku (1119-64), which is overgrown with moss and wild grasses, Tametomo could not help weeping. He is about to commit seppuku in order to serve the emperor in the other world (yami) when he is visited by the apparitions of Sutoku and Minamoto forebears (among them his father and brothers). They talk of the past and the future with Tametomo, who then changes his mind and soon thereafter goes to Tsukushi..."
Illustrated in color and quoted from Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 by Robert Schaap, p. 95.
There are three prints from this series in the Lyon Collection. The other ones are #s 399 and 1102.
warrior prints (musha-e - 武者絵) (genre)
Aritaya Seiemon (有田屋清右衛門) (publisher)
Yūrei-zu (幽霊図 - ghosts demons monsters and spirits) (genre)
Tametomo (為朝) (role)
tengu (天狗) (genre)
Ryūkatei Tanekazu (柳下亭種員) (author)