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Title

Moonlight patrol - Saitō Toshimitsu , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

December 1885

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    gekko no sekkō - Saitō Toshimitsu
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    December 1885
    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
    258.2012.8
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    Saitō Toshimitsu (1534–82) was the principal retainer of Akechi Mitsuhide (1526–82). Under the light of the full moon, Toshimitsu is inspecting the Kamo River in Kyoto, wearing full armour and holding his chief weapon, the 'naginata' – a long spear with a curved blade. It is 1582 and he is preparing for a revenge attack on the Honnōji Temple where Oda Nobunaga (1534–82), the warlord who was Mitsuhide’s archenemy, had his headquarters. Nobunaga was caught in a trap at the headquarters and killed. Toshimitsu was later captured by Nobunaga’s followers, but escaped and became a monk.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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