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Title

Mountain moon after rain - Tokimune , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

10 December 1885

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    ugo no sangetsu
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    10 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
    258.2012.9
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    In 1193 the orphaned Soga brothers, Gorō Tokimune and Jūrō Sukenari, made a surprise attack on the camp of the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo with the intention of avenging the death of their father by killing his murderer Kudō Suketsune. They succeeded, but Jūrō lost his life in the fight with the guards while Gorō was captured and subsequently executed. Their story inspired numerous kabuki plays, and was a favourite subject for Yoshitoshi. Gorō is depicted here before the attack, when his attention was attracted by the call of the 'hototogisu' (Japanese cuckoo). It is believed that the cuckoo calls spirits to the next world. It is a symbol of the transience of life as well as melancholy and loneliness.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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