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Title

As I am about to enter the ranks of those who disobey/ ever more brightly shines/ the moon of the summer night - Akashi Gidayū, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

18 Apr 1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Akechi Mitsuhide killed his master Nobunga and seized power in 1582. Nobunga’s army sought revenge for the death and so Mitsuhide sent his general Akashi Gidayū, shown here, to intercept the attack. However, Gidayū and his men were defeated, so he offered to commit 'seppuku', a ritual form of an honourable suicide for the warrior class. Mitsuhide did not want to lose his faithful retainer and refused. Gidayū disobeyed and is shown here with his writing implements carefully placed to one side, and the sword sheath on the other. He is focused on his death poem, which makes reference to the moon of a summer night, and prepares himself to perform the final act.


Details


Alternative title

yumitori no/ kazu ni irusa no/ mi to nareba/ terimasarikeri/ natsu no yo tsuki - Akashi Gidayū


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

18 Apr 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

258.2012.83


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.83; Another edition was reproduced

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