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Title

Rainy moon - Kojima Takanori, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1889


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Kojima Takanori (d1358), lord of the Bizen province, was not only known for his bravery but also for his deep knowledge of the Chinese classics. This designs illustrates his famous act of loyalty, which is recorded in the 14th century chronicle 'Taiheiki' (‘Chronicle of the Great Peace’). Takanori led a small group of loyal retainers to rescue Emperor Go-Daigo, who was sent into exile as a result of a power struggle between the court and the military leaders. Takanori lost his way, but eventually found the inn where the emperor was held. Disguised as a peasant, he carved a Chinese poem alluding to the rescue of an ancient Chinese king on the bark of a cherry tree in front of the inn, knowing that only the emperor would understand the underlying message of hope.


Details


Alternative title

uchū no tsuki - Kojima Takanori


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1889


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

258.2012.78


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

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.78; Another edition was reproduced

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