The Defeat of Benkei on Gojo Bridge

Posted by on Saturday, November 9, 2013 Under: Art


Title:
  Combat and Defeat of Benkei on Gojo Bridge

Date:  c.1830

Artist:  Hiroshige

Information:  A woodcut print of samurai legend Yoshitsune Minamoto (jumping on the right) attacking the warrior monk Benkei. The holy man had vowed to collect 1000 swords by dispossessing them from their owners in a series of duals. When he met up with the 15 year old Yoshitsune, he needed just one more for his collection but would soon realize that he had met his match. After being defeated but the young samurai, Benkei would become his faithful retainer and fight alongside him until the day they both died.

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Tags: samurai  japan  "samurai artwork"  "yoshitsune minamoto"  benkei   

 

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