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Title

The moon and the helm of a boat - Taira no Kiyotsune , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

23 June 1887

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    darō no tsuki - Taira no Kiyotsune
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    23 June 1887
    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
    258.2012.50
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    Kiyotsune was the grandchild of Kiyomori, the ruthless leader of the Taira clan. After 20 years of ascendency, fate turned on the Taira clan and they were comprehensively defeated by the rival Minamoto clan in the battle at Dannoura in 1185. Kiyotsune, who had consulted an oracle at Usa and knew of the terrible fate of his clan, is captured here in the last moments of his life. Sitting at the helm of his boat, he plays the flute one last time before committing suicide by drowning.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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