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Title

The moon of Yamaki mansion - Kagekado , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

March 1886

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Yamaki yakata no tsuki - Kagekado
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    March 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
    258.2012.27
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Kato Kagekado was a retainer of the famed warlord Minamoto Yoritomo, who later founded Japan’s first military government, the Kamakura 'bakufu' of the 12th century. It was on a full moon that Yoritomo sent men to attack the Yamaki mansion, home of the Taira clan. The Minamoto clan were enemies of the Taira, whose leader was Kanetaka. Here, Kagekado is forging his way into the mansion. With his helmet at the end of a spear, he lunges at a shadow made by the light of the moon. The shadowed figure is Kanetaka who loses his balance and eventually has his head cut off as victory to Yoritomo.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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