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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: U (Hare - 卯): Shinozuka Iga no Kami (篠塚伊賀守) from the series Eiyu Yamato junishi (Japanese Heroes for the Twelve Signs - 英雄大倭十二支)

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Dates: 1854,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Mikawaya Kihei (Marks 336 - seal 12-047)
Date seal: 7/1854
Censor's seal: aratame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Waseda University; Lyon Collection - another print from this series: the Monkey;

Physical description:

Shinozuka Iga no Kami standing on the shore, in black armour and a white-maned helmut. The white fur is blind-printed. The maedate or crest is made up of a running or leaping hare with long ears. This warrior is fiercely holding a long spear.

This is the only example in this series where the Zodiac animal shows up as part of a helmut's design.

From the sereis: Eiyu Yamato Junsi-shi, Japanese heroes for the Twelve Signs. This print represents the Zodiac sign of the hare. Illustrated in a small black and white reproduction in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints by B. W. Robinson, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1982, p. 159. S84.4.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has identified this prints publisher as Mitaya Kihachi (Marks 335), but Marks says this seal belongs to Mikawaya Kihei (#326).