This triptych shows the flight of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his men (including the warrior-monk, Benkei) from the wrath of Minamoto no Yoritomo. As they cross Daimotsu Bay, the grotesque ghosts of Taira samurai, who had drowned in the sea battle of Dan-no-ura, rise from the sea. Led by the general Taira no Tomomori, they attack Yoshitsune’s ship.
- The Appearance of the Vengeful Ghosts of the Heike, Daimotsu Bay, Settsu Province
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1847 to 1850
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- Dimensions: 19 ⅞ x 36 in. (50.48 x 91.44 cm)
- Markings: Artist’s signature: Hokui ga 北為 画 Publisher’s address: Shiba Shinmeimae Maruya Jinpachi Han 芝神明前 丸屋 甚八 板 Publisher’s seal: Jin 甚 (circle, black, positive, Marks 08-087) Censors’ seals: Mera 米良, Murata 村田
- Gift of Drs. Thomas and Martha Carter
- After the Minamoto defeated the Taira (also called Heike) in the Genpei wars and Minamoto no Yoritomo was established as the first Kamakura shogun, Yoritomo became fearful of the influence of his brother, the great general, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and ordered him to commit suicide. Fictionalized accounts of the life of Yoshitsune were a favorite in Edo-period kabuki, books, ukiyo-e and other forms of popular entertainment.
- Katsushika Hokui, also known as Fukao Hokui, is something of a mystery. It is known that he was a member of the school of Hokusai, and that he was a painter of birds as well as being an ukiyo-e artist. There are only a handful of known prints by Hokui, which is surprising because they show the polish of a master.
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