Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Kihan (Returning Sails - 帰帆) / Mitate hakkei (美盾八競) from the drama Nunobiki-no-taki

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Dates: circa 1842,created
Dimensions: 28.5 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Iseya Ichiemon
(Marks 143 - seal 24-068)

Related links: British Museum; Waseda University - right panel; Waseda University - middle panel; Waseda University - left panel; Portland Art Museum;

Physical description:

A triptych showing Koman (小万), the widowed daughter of a Lake Biwa farmer, swimming with the white banner of the Genji in her teeth towards the Taira barge of Munemori. On being picked up and finding where she was she jumped overboard but not before Sanemori cut her arm off with the banner wrapped round it.

For the full story see Pointers And Clues To The Subjects Of Chinese And Japanese Art, Sampson Low Marstone & Co. Ltd., Will Edmunds, 1934, p. 451.


"Music, dance and drama. Saito Betto Sanemori, Hida Saemon, Koman, with Taira no Munemori, play 'Nunobiki no Taki.' "

Quoted directly from the curatorial files at the British Museum.