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Title

Chikubushima moon - Tsunemasa, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Mar 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Taira no Tsunemasa was both a military leader and fine musician, especially known for his skill in playing the 'biwa', a four-stringed lute. Here, he is visiting the shrine on Chikubushima near Lake Biwa, northeast of Kyoto, to pray for victory in the campaign against the Minamoto. The priest of the shrine has brought out a 'biwa' and asked him to play. It was said that the goddess of the shrine, Benten was moved by his music and appeared as a white dragon promising victory. However, the Taira were defeated and Tsunemasa was killed. His lute was placed in a shrine constructed in his memory, and the story became the subject of the nō play 'Chikubushima'.


Details


Alternative title

Chikubushima no tsuki - Tsunemasa


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Mar 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

258.2012.28


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

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. 28; Another edition was reproduced

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