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Title

Dawn moon and tumbling snow - Kobayashi Heihachirō , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1889

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    seppu no gyōgetsu - Kobayashi Heihachirō
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1889
    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
    258.2012.79
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    In the final act of the famous Kabuki play 'Kanadehon Chūshingura' (‘The treasury of loyal retainers’), the 47 'rōnin' (or masterless samurai) attacked the mansion of the villain Moronao to avenge their lord on a snowy moonlit night. In this print, Yoshitoshi chose to illustrate this famous event from an unusual angle, focusing on Kobayashi Heihachirō, Moronao’s retainer, instead of showing one of the 'rōnin' who are actually the heroes of the story. Faithful to the story, Heihachirō is shown here wearing his old nurse’s robe, as he attempted to catch the attackers off guard. Heihachirō defended his lord with great courage, but was killed.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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