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Title

The moon and the helm of a boat - Taira no Kiyotsune, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

23 Jun 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Kiyotsune was the grandchild of Kiyomori, the ruthless leader of the Taira clan. After 20 years of ascendency, fate turned on the Taira clan and they were comprehensively defeated by the rival Minamoto clan in the battle at Dannoura in 1185. Kiyotsune, who had consulted an oracle at Usa and knew of the terrible fate of his clan, is captured here in the last moments of his life. Sitting at the helm of his boat, he plays the flute one last time before committing suicide by drowning.


Details


Alternative title

darō no tsuki - Taira no Kiyotsune


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

23 Jun 1887


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

258.2012.50


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.50; Another edition was reproduced

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