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Title

Mountain moon after rain - Tokimune, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

10 Dec 1885


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

In 1193 the orphaned Soga brothers, Gorō Tokimune and Jūrō Sukenari, made a surprise attack on the camp of the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo with the intention of avenging the death of their father by killing his murderer Kudō Suketsune. They succeeded, but Jūrō lost his life in the fight with the guards while Gorō was captured and subsequently executed. Their story inspired numerous kabuki plays, and was a favourite subject for Yoshitoshi. Gorō is depicted here before the attack, when his attention was attracted by the call of the 'hototogisu' (Japanese cuckoo). It is believed that the cuckoo calls spirits to the next world. It is a symbol of the transience of life as well as melancholy and loneliness.


Details


Alternative title

ugo no sangetsu


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

10 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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

258.2012.9


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. 9; 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