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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: 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)

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Dates: circa 1850,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
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

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum;

Physical description:

From the series, Ten Famous Glories of Tametomo (Tametomo homare no jikketsu, 為朝譽十傑).

Minamoto Tametomo was a twelfth century warrior whose exploits were fictionalized in a novel by Bakin titled Yumibari tsuki (Bow of the Full Moon).

Robinson: S64.9

"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 theemperor 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..."

Quoted from: Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 by Robert Schaap, p. 95.

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There are three prints from this series in the Lyon Collection. The other ones are #s 399 and 1102.

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There is another copy of this print in the collections of the National Museums of Scotland.