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Image of Shizuka Gozen, from the Series Lives of Remarkable People Renowned for Loyalty and Virtue (Chûkô meiyo kijin den) 「忠孝名誉奇人伝 静御前」

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Japanese (1798 - 1861) Primary

Shizuka Gozen, from the Series Lives of Remarkable People Renowned for Loyalty and Virtue (Chûkô meiyo kijin den) 「忠孝名誉奇人伝 静御前」

Color woodblock

14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.195 x 23.495 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2022.13.336
Other Number(s): Kuniyoshi176 (Donor Number)
Geography: Asia, Japan
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Woodcuts
Culture/Nationality: Japanese
Description: Text: 静御前磯の禅師が子容貌美麗の白拍子なり男舞の名人と聞えし義経の妾となり義経奥州へ下る時吉野にて捕ハれ後鎌倉へくだり頼朝のまへにて貞心をあらハす 揃い物の一枚

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  • bijinga - Paintings or prints that depict beautiful women. This term, which literally means "pictures of beautiful women," was most likely coined in the Edo period (1615-1868) or the Meiji period (1868-1912). Before this period, these pictures may have been called "onna-e" or "bijin-e".
  • dance - Discipline involving the study of dancing and movement, including performance.
  • Edo - Refers to the period and style that developed from the unification of Japan in 1600 until the end of the shogunal dynasty in 1868. During this period, economic expansion encouraged the rise of an educated merchant class who created their own forms of literature and theater as well as new schools of painting and woodblock printing. A wide diversity of pictorial subjects and styles developed during this period and many 19th century Western artists were influenced by them.
  • kimonos - Loose, wide-sleeved garments fastened around the waist with an obi or broad sash, traditionally worn by Japanese men and women.
  • nishiki-e - Japanese prints in which numerous blocks are used to print many colors.
  • oban - Japanese prints of a standard size about 15 3/4 by 10 1/2 inches.
  • palaces - Official residences, frequently large and impressively appointed, of sovereigns or other high dignitaries; for other large stately dwellings but not official residences, use "mansions."
  • tate-e - In Japanese printing, a sheet of paper that is in portrait format (height is greater than width).
  • Ukiyo-e - Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
  • woodcuts - Prints made using the process of woodcut, which is a relief process in which the design is cut into and printed from the plank side of a wood block; distinct from "wood engraving (process)," which is a relief process using the grain end of a wood block.

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  • Owner Name: S. Kathleen Doster, Class of 1978
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Purchased from Signens Kunstauktionen, LiveAuctioneers
    Disposal Method: Donation to Bryn Mawr College
    Ownership Start Date: 9/28/2019
    Ownership End Date: 7/22/2022

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Online Collections." (Accessed July 1, 2020): Accession No. 11.26077.

Catalogue Raisonné List
The following Catalogue Raisonné exist for this object:
  • Kuniyoshi Project (,%20Part%20II.htm, Accessed on March 27, 2023),,%20Part%20II.htm.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • B. W. Robinson, Kuniyoshi, The Warrier-Prints (Ithaca, New York: Cornell/Phaidon Books, 1982), 122. Figure Number: S35.12

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