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Title

Chikubushima moon - Tsunemasa , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

March 1886

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Chikubushima no tsuki - Tsunemasa
    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
    258.2012.28
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    Taira no Tsunemasa was both a military leader and fine musician, especially known for his skill in playing the 'biwa', a four-stringed lute. Here, he is visiting the shrine on Chikubushima near Lake Biwa, northeast of Kyoto, to pray for victory in the campaign against the Minamoto. The priest of the shrine has brought out a 'biwa' and asked him to play. It was said that the goddess of the shrine, Benten was moved by his music and appeared as a white dragon promising victory. However, the Taira were defeated and Tsunemasa was killed. His lute was placed in a shrine constructed in his memory, and the story became the subject of the nō play 'Chikubushima'.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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