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Title

Katada Bay moon - Saitō Kuranosuke, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

01 Jun 1888


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Saitō Kuranosuke was a retainer of the 16th-century warlord Akechi Mitsuhide. In 1582, after Mitsuhide’s forces attacked and killed Oda Nobunaga, the most powerful military leader at the time, they had to flee to escape retribution. Kuranosuke sought refuge at the house of his old nurse in Katada Bay, north-east of Kyoto. He is seen here looking cautiously over his shoulder to see whether he was followed. The straw sandals worn by his horse clearly indicate they are travelling in secrecy. Kuranosuke was eventually found by the enemy’s troupe and executed. His story became famous as the kabuki play 'Katada ochi' (‘Escape to Katada’).


Details


Alternative title

Katadaura no tsuki - Saitō Kuranosuke


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

01 Jun 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


Accession number

258.2012.65


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.65; Another edition was reproduced

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