The four stone starting handicap felt quite princely I must say…
Somewhere along the path however, things have gone awry. Not to worry, it’s art according to me.
Is it a “find the mistake” game?
It was not intended to be a find the mistake game, but there may be mistakes (since my knowledge of Japanese, Chinese, etc is non existent.)
Wonder where I messed up.
Well the last couverture doesn’t seem to be about go.
Correct, it is about Chinese chess.
I found it on the website of Schaak en Go Winkel Het Paard (Chess & Go Shop The Knight: Go / Weiqi / Baduk)
And since it showed Asian characters I assumed (incorrect) that it was about go.
Borrowed a book from our go club’s library about Japanese woodcarving.
Rose Hempel; Holzschnittkunst Japans, Belser Verlag, Stuttgart, 1963.
It contains a list of artists:
- Ando Hiroshige
- Hishikawa Moronobu
- Torii Kiyonobu (three artist, artist’s dynasty?)
- Torii Kiyotada
- Okumura Masanobu
- Nishikawa Sukenobu
- Torii Kiyohiro
- Torii Kiyomitsu
- Suzuki Haranobu
- Ishikawa Toyomasa
- Isoda Koryusai
- Katsukawa Shunsho (two artists)
- Mori Buncho
- Kitao Masanobu
- Torii Kiyonaga
- Katsukawa Shunei
- Kitagawa Utamaro
- Hosoda Eishi
- Chokosai Eisho
- Rekisentei Eiri
- Toshusai Sharaku
- Momogawa Shiko
- Eishosai Choki
- Kitagawa Kikumaro
- Katsukawa Shunsen
- Utagawa Kunimasa
- Utagawa Kunisada
- Keisai Eisen
- Kikugawa Eizan
- Katoshika Hokusai
- Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Let’s see if I can unearth some more woodcarvings about weichi.
Here’s a higher resolution composite (using creative commons images from the British Museum) of that tryptich, Raiko’s retainers playing go, with attempted interruptions by the Earth-Spider’s demons
I love many of the prints that Utagawa Kuniyoshi made of various mythical scenes, but this one is one of my favorites for obvious reasons, since the go board is featured so prominently, but also the faces on the demons are so grotesque
While I’m at it here’s another one, The Earth Spider Conjures up Demons at the Mansion of Minamoto no Raiko
The British Museum website is a little bit finicky to search, but you can get an even nicer appreciation of these artworks, because the image viewer lets you zoom in closer (I think the original images are actually higher resolution than they let you download)
edit: oh I guess Discourse will scale uploads so I put the higher res ones here