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Title

Faith in the third-day moon - Yukimori , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

February 1886

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Shinkō no mikazuki - Yukimori
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    February 1886
    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
    258.2012.23
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    The samurai warrior depicted here is Yamanaka Shikanosuke Yukimori, one of the ten heroes of the Amako clan, who served the Lord of Izumo province (today Shimane prefecture) during the 16th-century civil wars. He is shown here in full armour, holding a kamayari or ‘sickle-spear’. The crescent shape of the crosspiece of the halberd echoes the moon sickle on his helmet. In Japan the ‘moon of the third day’ ('mikazuki') is believed to be a lucky emblem. Yukimori, who was very superstitious, has chosen this motif for his war helmet, hoping for protection and good luck in battles.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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