Famous Samurai Portrait & San Kanji Poem

[ Minamoto no Yoritomo ] Samurai Portrait & San Kanji Poem
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" Minamoto no Yoritomo " Samurai Portrait & San Kanji Poem
San Kanji Writing : Muro Kyuso (1658 - 1734)
Painting : Tosa Mitsuyoshi (1700 - 1772)

Muro Kyuso (1658 - 1734)
Official Confucianist for the Tokugawa Shogunate at the middle part of the Edo period.
Kyuso's real given name was Naokiyo.
He served the three Shoguns of Ienobu, Ietsugu and Yoshimune.
Kyuso wrote many books and also he cultivated many Confucianists.

Tosa Mitsuyoshi (1700 - 1772)
Painter at the middle part of the Edo period belonged to the Tosa school.
Mitsuyoshi was born in 1700 as a son of Tosa Mitsusuke.
In 1710, at 11 years old, Mitsuyoshi was appointed to the position of the offical painter for the Imperial Palace (=Edokoro-Azukari) as his father died suddenly.
Mitsuyoshi depicted many pictures for the Imperial Palace.

Signature & Seal
Part of Painting
Silk, 76.5 x 35.5 cm ( 30 x 14 inches )
Silk, 163 x 47 cm ( 64.2 x 18.5 inches )
Roller End Material
Wood (Lacquered)
Shikibako Box with Appraiser's Certification

This scroll must have been drawn between 1710 and 1734.
It is a little foxed overall as it was drawn years ago.
There are breaches, folds, tears and frays to some extent on the mounting.
There are some folds, spots and creases on the drawing part.
As a whole, the condition of this scroll is not good.
The motif is Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147-1199), the First Shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate.
In youth, Yoritomo rebelled against the Heike Samurai families, but, he lost the Ishibashi-Yama Battle in 1180 and he hid into a decaying log to get away with the enemies.
This is the well-known scene.
It is painted well by Tosa Mitsuyoshi.
And, there is a San Kanji poem regarding the scene at the top.
It was done by Muro Kyuso, famous Confucianist in the Edo period.
The authentication done by Kunii Ohyo in 1918 on the lid of the wooden box says that the painting was done by Tosa Mitsuyoshi and the San Kanji poem was done by Muro Kyuso.
Kunii Ohyo (? - 1923) was a well-known painter belonged to the Maruyama school.

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San Kanji Writing by Muro Kyuso
Rakkan Signature & Stamp of Tosa Mitsuyoshi
Signature & Seal
Minamoto no Yoritomo in Kuchiki Decaying Log
Famous Samurai Warrior
Shikibako Endorsement by Kunii Ohyo in 1918
Authentication on Lid 1918
Lacquered Kakemono End
Roller End
In Shikibako Certifying Wooden Box
In Shikibako Certifying Wooden Box
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