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Title

Gojō Bridge moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

13 Apr 1888


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

This design is an abbreviated illustration of the famous encounter between Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the most courageous and chivalrous hero of the late 12th-century civil wars, and the warrior-priest Musashibō Benkei. Having been told that he needed the tempered point of 1000 swords in order to make a fine sword for himself, Benkei set out to ‘collect’ swords from warriors who crossed the bridge at Gojō (‘Fifth Avenue’) in Kyoto. When the unsuspecting teenage Yoshitsune came along, Benkei attacked him but was comprehensively beaten, as Yoshitsune had studied martial art with the legendary 'tengu' and was endowed with supreme powers. Yoshitsune is seen here leaping effortlessly into the air to escape Benkei’s attack.


Details


Alternative title

Gojōbashi no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

13 Apr 1888


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

258.2012.61


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.61; Another edition was reproduced

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