Horse and Soga no Goro

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Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1797-1861)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th-mid 19th century
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 36.6 x 12.5 cm (14 7/16 x 4 15/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.168.7
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, Eastern zodiac, Edo period (1615 - 1868), hero, horse, Japan, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

Soga no Goro, who with his brother, Juro, avenged the death of their father by killing his murderer, Kudo Suketsune, here rides off on a horse, the zodiac animal represented in this print. The Soga brothers' vendetta became a popular subject of no and kabuki plays. Here Goro's costume has the butterfly motif that conventionally appears on kabuki costumes for the character. A special feature of this print is the wood-grain pattern from the block used to print the blue background.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 86, p. 214-5, 228-29.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum