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Title

Frost fills the camp and the autumn air is still/ lines of returning geese cross the moon of the third hour - Kenshin, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

20 Mar 1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

An important figure in the civil wars of the mid 16th century, Uesugi no Terutora was born to the ruling family of the province of Echigo in 1530. At the age of 13 he seized power by ousting his sickly brother. In 1552, as feudal lords often did, he became a priest and changed his name to Kenshin. He is shown here resting at camp under the full moon before a battle against his rival, the ambitious leader Takeda Shingen. He sits on a stool wearing his priestly headdress rather than a helmet, and is inspired by the geese flying in the moonlight to write a poem; the reference to the third hour in the poem signifies midnight.


Details


Alternative title

shimo gunei ni michi shūki kiyoshi/ sugyō no hengan tsuki sankō - Kenshin


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

20 Mar 1890


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

258.2012.82


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.82; Another edition was reproduced

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