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Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

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Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan

A catalogue of the Ashmolean’s collection of warriors by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) by Oliver Impey and Mitsuko Watanabe (published Oxford, 2003).

Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan by Oliver Impey and Mitsuko Watanabe

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The warrior Kido Takuzaemon Nagachika forcing the gate of an enemy castle

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  • Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan by Oliver Impey and Mitsuko Watanabe

    Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan

    ‘Kido Nagachika’ was a brave vassal of Konishi Yukinaga, 1558-1600, (here Kotachi Yukitaka), lord or Udo castle (called here Uda) in Higo. ‘Nagachika’, served with distinction during eight years service in ‘foreign countries’ (presumably meaning Korea) under Yukinaga. At one battle, when Yukitaka attacked the Tōdaimon (main entrance) of the castle of Seoul, ‘Nagachika’ compelled one of the captured enemies to guide him to the further side of the castle, where there was a water gate, a metal grid. He was able to force this gate, allowing the army of Yukinaga to enter and capture the castle.

    This print shows ‘Nagachika’ using a wooden pole strapped in rope, trying to lever open the water gate.
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