Hekirekika Shinmei (Qin Ming)

Details

  • Title

    Hekirekika Shinmei (Qin Ming)

  • Artist/maker

    attributed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
  • Associated place

    Tōkyō (place of creation)
  • Date

    1827 - 1830
  • Material and technique

    nishiki-e, woodblock print, ink and colour on paper

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    mount 55.3 x 40.2 cm (height x width)
    painting 37.5 x 26.1 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1971.45

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  • Catalogue text

    Suikoden chapter 34

    Qin Ming was a commander of all the imperial forces around the town of Qingzhou known, on account of his temper and of his loud voice as the ‘Thunderbolt’. His favourite weapon was a ‘wolf-toothed’ mace (ryōgabō). By an involved series of ruses and appalling treachery, he was induced to join the rebels. In this print he stands holding the ‘wolf-toothed’ mace, beside the castle wall, being mistaken for a brigand.


    This is not a preparatory sketch for a print, that sent to the blockmaker, a shita-e, for these were extremely sketchy, and the block-cutter had a very considerable input to the final design, controlling all the details. This is a worked-up drawing; possibly by Kuniyoshi with assistants, perhaps as a demonstration for a publisher or possible patron. Nine similar paintings of other heroes are known, all in the National Museum for Ethnology, Leiden.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Mitsuko Watanabe, Kuniyoshi's Heroes of China and Japan: A Selection of Warriors from Two Series of Prints and a Painting by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), the Suikoden of 1827 and the Taiheki of 1848-9 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003)

Glossary of terms

nishiki-e

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Mitsuko Watanabe, Kuniyoshi's Heroes of China and Japan: A Selection of Warriors from Two Series of Prints and a Painting by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), the Suikoden of 1827 and the Taiheki of 1848-9 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), no. 1 on p. 9, p. 6, illus. p. 13 pl. 1

Katz, Janice, Japanese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, with an introductory essay by Oliver Impey (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), supp. no. 79 on p. 227, p. 15, illus. p. 227 fig. 79

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