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Title

Moon of the enemy's lair - Little Prince Usu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1886?


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The print depicts an event in the life of the semi-historical O-Usu (often known as Yamato Takeru, ‘Bravest in Yamato’). The 8th-century histories Kojiki and Nihonshi say that he lived from 81–113 CE, but he is actually an amalgam of several 4th-century generals who helped the Yamato rulers to subdue indigenous groups. Here, he is disguised in his aunt’s clothes to gain entry to a feast where he kills two chieftains, brothers known as 'Kumaso Takeru' (‘Bravest of the Kumaso’). The younger brother gave O-Usu the name 'Yamato Takeru' before dying.


Details


Alternative title

Zokusō no tsuki - O-Usu no miko


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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

258.2012.42


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

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.42; Another edition was reproduced

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