Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in. (21.4 x 18.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1921
Not on view
Benkei is an armed and courageous warrior. Seated on a pile of humans, this character presents overlapping images of the superpowerful heroes Benkei and Fudō Myōō (Immovable Guardian King of the Buddhist Law), holding a sword and a rosary.
Fudō Myōō, particularly at the Shinshōji temple in Narita, is a protector of the Ichikawa family. This surimono, a privately commissioned print, might have been a New Year's gift to celebrate the birth of the future Danjūrō VIII.
Signature: Kunisada ga
Appleton Collection , New York (until 1921; sold to Lucy Fletcher Brown). ; [ Lucy F. Brown , New York, 1921; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.