Mikita Sukeie fought with his son Sukehide for Kamakura. This first document recounts of Sukehide besieged Kusunoki Masashige’s Chihaya castle. One of the Mikita retainers (wakatō) named Hachirō was had his helmet destroyed and was shot through the jaw, with an arrow lodging in his chest. After Hachirō was wounded, Mikita Sukehide had a document drawn up recounting the wounds. Slight distinctions in the color of the ink reveal that Sukekiyo, a battle administrator for Aso Harutoki, the general of this force, added the notation shallow and described the piercing of the jaw, while his compatriot Sadakane recorded that the arrow was lodged in his chest.
[Mikita Sukeie battle Wound reportPresented by Mikita Shōkei 2 4 15]1
A roster of battle wounds follows:
Hachirō Ietsuna, [Helmet pierced. Shot in the jaw. Lodged in the chest. Shallow.]3
This report is thus
- This title and description were added long after the document’s production and subsequent inspection ↩
- This is another added tag, denoting the inspectors who notated the document after its submission ↩
- These notations are written by two separate hands, and are the observations of the inspectors, Sadakane and Sukekiyo, who are checking the veracity and severity of the wounds recorded ↩