Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912
Category: Women Samurai
Accession Number: DFJN2020PRWS009
Title (Original): 一本の矢で敵船を沈める為朝
Title: Ippon no ya de tekisen o Chin -meru Tametomo
Translated Title: Tametomo Sinking an Enemy Ship with a Single Arrow
Artist (Original): 落合芳幾1833 – 1904）
Artist: Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833 – 1904)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Publisher (Original): 表記無し
Acquisition Date: 08 / 10 / 2020
Country of origin: Japan
Size: Vertical triptych ōban: 35.25 x 70.25cm (14 1/8 inches x 28 ½ inches)
Condition: Excellent detail. Three separate panels. A few small holes, (repaired). Creasing, slight toning and soiling.
Great depiction of the archer Minamoto no Tametomo (also known as Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo) sinking the leading ship of his enemy Mochimitsu’s fleet with a single arrow. He perches upon the rocky shore at left, and gripping his bow, having just released the arrow, the wind blowing his robes about him. In the centre, Tametomo’s mistress, Sasaraye, who is armed with a naginata, and at right, his retainer Oniyasha, holding an iron club, watch as the ship flounders in the sea, the single arrow piercing its thick hull. A fantastic illustration of this legendary feat, with expressive figures and rugged natural setting.