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Title

Moonlight patrol - Saitō Toshimitsu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Dec 1885


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Saitō Toshimitsu (1534–82) was the principal retainer of Akechi Mitsuhide (1526–82). Under the light of the full moon, Toshimitsu is inspecting the Kamo River in Kyoto, wearing full armour and holding his chief weapon, the 'naginata' – a long spear with a curved blade. It is 1582 and he is preparing for a revenge attack on the Honnōji Temple where Oda Nobunaga (1534–82), the warlord who was Mitsuhide’s archenemy, had his headquarters. Nobunaga was caught in a trap at the headquarters and killed. Toshimitsu was later captured by Nobunaga’s followers, but escaped and became a monk.


Details


Alternative title

gekko no sekkō - Saitō Toshimitsu


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Dec 1885


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

258.2012.8


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. 8; General reference; Another edition was reproduced

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