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Title

The moon's inner vision - Taira no Tomoume, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jun 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

This print depicts the death battle of the blind warrior Taira no Tomoume against a Minamoto adversary during the late 12th century. Though the moon is not represented in the print, it is an important element, alluded to in the short Japanese poem, ‘tanka’, inscribed on the stick carried as a talisman on Tomoume’s back. It reads: ‘From darkness I have wandered lost/On to a darker path/The moon of my heart/Is becoming clouded.’


Details


Alternative title

shinkan no tsuki - Taira no Tomoume


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Jun 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

258.2012.34


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.34; Another edition was reproduced

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