Artist: Torii Kiyomine (鳥居清峯)

Print: Warrior (musha-e) triptych showing scenes from
the life of Minamoto no Yoritomo (源頼朝)

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Dates: 1810s,created
Dimensions: 30.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Kiyomine ga
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 23-016)
Censor's seal: kiwame

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William Deal in his Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan wrote on page 54: "Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147–1199) Ruled 1192–99 as first Kamakura shogun. Yoritomo came to prominence as the commander of the Minamoto troops that defeated the powerful Taira family in the Gempei War (1180–85). With the victory, Yoritomo established the Kamakura shogunate, thereby inaugurating warrior rule of Japan that lasted until 1868. Yoritomo’s warrior government was headquartered in the city of Kamakura, and in 1192 Yoritomo was named shogun by the emperor. Yoritomo established a number of governmental offices including the samurai-dokoro, the kumonjo, and the monchujo to oversee governance of Japan. He ruled as shogun for seven years before dying of injuries sustained during a horse-riding accident in 1199."


As of now, this is the only musha-e triptych that we have been able to find among Kiyomine's works. Most of them deal more with bijin-ga.