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Title

Moon above the sea at Daimotsu Bay - Benkei, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jan 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Musashibō Benkei is one of Japan’s favourite heroes, an exemplar of loyalty. He was a famous follower of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo, who founded the Kamakura Shogunate after defeating the Taira clan in what is known as the Genpei War. Fearing Yoshitsune as a rival, Yoritomo forced Yoshitsune to flee with the loyal Benkei. This print depicts a scene popularised in nō and kabuki plays when Benkei quells a storm raised by the ghosts of Taira warriors with prayers and magic spells. Benkei wears a small black hat that was the insignia of ‘mountain warriors’, with whom he had been associated before becoming Yoshitsune’s follower.


Details


Alternative title

Daimotsu kaijō no tsuki - Benkei


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Jan 1886


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock; ōban


Dimensions

39.0 x 26.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated.


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

258.2012.12


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Yuriko Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced

John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no. 12; Another edition was reproduced

Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced