'Kashiwade no Hatebe'
Drawing, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (artist)
Yamaguchiya Tobei (publisher)
Museum no. E.2251-1909
This depiction of the warrior Kashiwade no Hatebe battling with a tiger is one of the earliest extant hanshita-e (final drawings for pasting onto woodblocks for the woodcutters' guidance) by Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Never published as a finished print, it is a valuable example of Kuniyoshi's skills in design and draughtsmanship. It is a musha-e or 'warrior print', a genre depicting heroes from history and myth. From early in his career, Kuniyoshi showed a predilection for the romance and mystery of history and legend.