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Title

Faith in the third-day moon - Yukimori, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Feb 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The samurai warrior depicted here is Yamanaka Shikanosuke Yukimori, one of the ten heroes of the Amako clan, who served the Lord of Izumo province (today Shimane prefecture) during the 16th-century civil wars. He is shown here in full armour, holding a kamayari or ‘sickle-spear’. The crescent shape of the crosspiece of the halberd echoes the moon sickle on his helmet. In Japan the ‘moon of the third day’ ('mikazuki') is believed to be a lucky emblem. Yukimori, who was very superstitious, has chosen this motif for his war helmet, hoping for protection and good luck in battles.


Details


Alternative title

Shinkō no mikazuki - Yukimori


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Feb 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


Accession number

258.2012.23


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

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. 23; Another edition was reproduced

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