MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Book (Set)
DIMENSIONS: 7 X 10 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 10 volumes; 402 pages, 161 have fine woodblock prints, including 10 in color.
CONDITION: Original covers & title slips, contents complete.
NOTES: Original.
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Sugawara no Michizane

ITEM ID: 1538
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Samurai Print Book Set

DATE
Year: 1842
Decade: 1840s
Notes: Tenpo 13

Japanese woodblock print book set on samurai.

According to scholar Jim Lockhart, these ten volumes are about Sugawara no Michizane, whose time predated that of the ‘samurai’ by several centuries. The name on the cover is “Tenmangu Go-Ichidai Ki: Ehon Sugawara Jikki (The Biography of [the entity worshipped at the] Tenman Shrine: Illustrated True Record of Sugawara [Michizane).”

Sugawara no Michizane (菅原 道真/菅原 道眞, August 1, 845 – March 26, 903) was a scholar, poet, and politician of the Heian Period of Japan. He is regarded as an excellent poet, particularly in Kanshi poetry, and is today revered in Shinto as the god of learning, Tenman-Tenjin (天満天神, often shortened to Tenjin).

In the poem anthology Hyakunin Isshu, he is known as Kanke (菅家), and in kabuki drama he is known as Kan Shōjō (菅丞相). Today many Shinto shrines in Japan are dedicated to him. He became the most notable example of an interesting spiritual transformation: a vengeful Japanese spirit, onryō or goryō, often a former aristocrat who was wrongfully killed, and consequently seeking revenge, becomes a benign deity through ritual pacification and posthumous honors.