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Woodblock print - Moonlight over Mount Yoshino
  • Moonlight over Mount Yoshino
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, born 1839 - died 1892
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Moonlight over Mount Yoshino

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1886 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, born 1839 - died 1892 (artist)

  • Museum number:

    E.1009-1914

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In 1336 Emperor Go-Daigo was advised by Sasaki Kiyotaka, a courtier with little military experience, to fight the revelling forces of Ashikaga Takauji. Kusunoki Masashige, the Emperor’s samurai, opposed this advice, but Kiyotaka’s view prevailed. During the battle Masashige was beaten and committed suicide. Consequently the Emperor was forced to flee to his retreat on mount Yoshino and Kiyotaka was ordered to commit suicide. After the latter’s death his ghost began to haunt the Emperor. Masashige’s daughter-in-law, Iga no Tsubone, who was known for her strong character, confronted the ghost of the man who had caused her father-in-law’s suicide and managed to drive him off.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1886 (made)

Artist/maker

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, born 1839 - died 1892 (artist)

Descriptive line

Moonlight over Mount Yoshino, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-92); signed Yoshitoshi; 1886, Japan

Labels and date

Toshiba Gallery:
This print shows Iga no Tsubone, who was known for her strong character, confronting the ghost of the man who had caused her father-in-law’s suicide. The story relates to an episode in the early 14th century when the Emperor Go-Daigo was forced to flee to Mount Yoshino. [23/08/2013]

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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