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Title

Katada Bay moon - Saitō Kuranosuke , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

01 June 1888

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Katadaura no tsuki - Saitō Kuranosuke
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    01 June 1888
    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
    258.2012.65
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    Saitō Kuranosuke was a retainer of the 16th-century warlord Akechi Mitsuhide. In 1582, after Mitsuhide’s forces attacked and killed Oda Nobunaga, the most powerful military leader at the time, they had to flee to escape retribution. Kuranosuke sought refuge at the house of his old nurse in Katada Bay, north-east of Kyoto. He is seen here looking cautiously over his shoulder to see whether he was followed. The straw sandals worn by his horse clearly indicate they are travelling in secrecy. Kuranosuke was eventually found by the enemy’s troupe and executed. His story became famous as the kabuki play 'Katada ochi' (‘Escape to Katada’).

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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