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By Kuniyoshi Utagawa
By Kuniyoshi Utagawa - Samurai
Samurai
Detail from Woodblock Print
 

Pictures of Samurai have been a favorite subject on Japanese prints. This page shows a number of fine Ukiyo-e (Japanese prints) with exciting images of samurai warriors. The prints are originals from the middle of the nineteenth century, made by two great ukiyo-e printmakers, Kuniyoshi Utagawa and Kunisada Utagawa.

First Publication: April 2009

Latest Update: April 2013

The pictures taken on this page, were taken from artelino's archive of Japanese prints sold in art auctions since 2001.

Samurai Prints by Kuniyoshi Utagawa, 1797-1861

Kuniyoshi Utagawa, 1797-1861 was one of the most prolific printmakers for the genre of samurai prints. A series about warriros, titled Heroes of the Suikoden, made him so famous that he was nichnamed the "warrior kuniyoshi".

The 47 Ronin

Stories of Faithful Samurai
Stories of Faithful Samurai
 

"Seichu Gishi Den" (Stories of Faithful Samurai). Mase Chudayu Sasa-aki. This print has an interesting composition. The archer appears to be aiming at the viewer, wherever the viewer stands in relation to the print.

Dated: 1847-1850.

Stories of Faithful Samurai
Stories of Faithful Samurai
 

Samurai on Black Horse

By Kuniyoshi Utagawa
By Kuniyoshi Utagawa - Samurai on Black Horse
Samurai on Black Horse
Woodblock Print
 

Samurai Wagakawa Kiyohide rides on a black horse into a battle.

Dated: 1856

By Kuniyoshi Utagawa
By Kuniyoshi Utagawa - Samurai on Black Horse
Samurai on Black Horse
Woodblock Print
 

Naval Battle Ship and Samurai

This Japanese triptych print shows a naval battle ship loaded with samurai warriors. It is possibly a scene illustrating the Naval Battle of Dannoura.

A battle ship with samurai warriors in full armor.
A battle ship with samurai warriors in full armor. - Naval Battle of Dannoura
Naval Battle of Dannoura
 
Samurai on Medieval Battle Ship - Detail.
Samurai on Medieval Battle Ship - Detail.
 

Samurai Prints by Kunisada Utagawa - 1786-1865

Kunsada Utagawa, 1786-1865 was a rival of Kuniyoshi. At lifetime he was considered as the greatest printmaker of his time. Kunisada made some 20,000 Japanese print designs during his lifetime - presumably not all by himself, but many by his students. Also among Kunisada's works are many pictures of samurai.

Samurai and Kabuki

Samurai with Sword
Samurai with Sword
 

A kabuki scene. Samurai Ohmi Nariie in fighting pose on a stone staircase. This print shows the difference between the samurai images of Kuniyoshi and Kunisada. Kunisada's designs are more stereotype and lack the vividness of Kuniyoshi's images.

Dated: 1857.

Samurai - Detail
Samurai - Detail
 

Loyal and Faithful Samurai

Tomonobu - Seichu Gishi Den
Tomonobu - Seichu Gishi Den
 

Also Kunisada made a series about the 47 Ronin, the faithful samurai who revenged the unjustified death of their lord. The series is titled "Seichu Gishi Den", biographies of Loyal and Faithful Samurai. This picture shows Kaida Yazaemon Tomonobu, one of the 47 Ronin. The story of the 47 samurai, dating from the 18th century, has remained popular until our days.

Dated: 1864.

Tomonobu - Detail
Tomonobu - Detail
 

Fighting in the Snow

This picture shows a spectacular fighting scene of samurai in snow and during the night. The triptych depicts a scene from a kabuki play. Kabuki actors are Iwai Hanshiro (right), Nakamura Shikan as Sato Tadanobu and Sawamura Tossho. This Japanese print dates from the 1830s.

Samurai Fight in the Snow
Samurai Fight in the Snow
 
Samurai Fight in the Snow - Detail.
Samurai Fight in the Snow - Detail.
 

Pictures of Samurai in 19th Century

I found this slide show with old photographs of real samurai from the 19th century. Thanks to BuffonMusa.

 

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