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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Ushiwakamaru being taught swordsmanship on Mt. Kurama
(Ushiwaka Kurama shugyō zu - 牛若鞍馬修行図)

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Dates: 1858,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Maruya Kyūshirō
(Marks 298 - seal 21-126)
Date: 4/1858

Related links: British Museum; Ritsumeikan University - right panel - crepe version; Waseda University - middle and right panels - crepe version; Waseda University - left panel - crepe version; Ritsumeikan University - center panel - crepe version; Ritsumeikan University - left panel - crepe version; National Museums Scotland - right-hand panel; National Museums Scotland - center panel; National Museums Scotland - left-hand panel;

Physical description:

Kuniyoshi seems to have been drawn to this scene. He produced a number of triptychs, diptychs and individual prints centered on it. Here is a description by Hatje Cantz of a different example, but which describes this perfectly: "In the forests to the northeast of the capital of Kyōto, the abbot king Tengu Sōjōbō from Mount Kuruma and is bird-like warriors give Ushiwakamaru fencing lessons for the upcoming large-scale act of revenge against the Taira."