Help to identify these woodblock prints

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Help to identify these woodblock prints


Hello :)

I recently purchased these woodblock prints on crêpe paper.

I wasn’t able to find anything on the internet.

I just managed to translate the title of the series:

日本武勇傳 = Japanese heroic story

Can anyone help me with the translation of the other texts and any other information about the author, period, subject, interest?

If anyone is also able to tell me how much they could be worth? I am not particularly interested in selling… but if it was some exceptional price I could think about ;p

    • Marco

      Thanks a lot!

      That is the translation for the first print (warrior on a black horse).

      Do you have any idea of the other texts in other prints?

      Thanks again in any case, it is very helpful!

  • manuD

    頼政 早太 [Minamoto no] Yorimasa and [Ino] Hayata

    I'll try to identify the other ones later if nobody else does. The samurai brandishing his sword in front of the sea rings a bell.

  • manuD

    新田  Nitta Yoshisada offering a sword to the Dragon God that controls the tide, asking him to withdraw the tide so his army could pass safely along the shore.

  • manuD

    the last print to be identified is 九郎判官源義経 Kuro hangan Minamoto Yoshitsune

    and to answer your question about value, chirimen-e are certainly not as valuable as nishiki-e

    • Marco

      Thanks again Manu, really appreciated.

      This website is very cool! People are really supporting.

      I am new to the ukiyo-e world, so I am really happy to learn new things.

      Few more questions (if I'm not asking too much):

      1 -Is it normal to not find anything about this specific series of prints? I understand that they are not of big value, however I thought that I would find some archive of prints in which figures at least one of them... Maybe it's absolutely normal :-)

      2 - Do you have a rough idea of the period in which they may have been produced?

      3- Any idea about school of origin? Artist? Region?

      Thanks again!


  • manuD

    1. I have never seen any chirimen-e in museum collections online. And search engines will not necessarily find your prints even if they were digitized.

    2. I have seen a few chirimen-e by Nobukazu very much like yours, so the period might be end of 19th c.

    • Marco

      1. True, that's right. Never seen chirimen-e in museums. Maybe they were a lower quality or cheaper product, produced not by the masters.

      2. I agree... the colors, the style, suggest that they are probably late 19th century or beginning of 20th. But, I'm no expert :) I'll look more into Nobukazu.

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