An image of Moon above the sea at Daimotsu Bay - Benkei

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon above the sea at Daimotsu Bay - Benkei, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Musashibō Benkei is one of Japan’s favourite heroes, an exemplar of loyalty. He was a famous follower of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo, who founded the Kamakura Shogunate after defeating the Taira clan in what is known as the Genpei War. Fearing Yoshitsune as a rival, Yoritomo forced Yoshitsune to flee with the loyal Benkei. This print depicts a scene popularised in nō and kabuki plays when Benkei quells a storm raised by the ghosts of Taira warriors with prayers and magic spells. Benkei wears a small black hat that was the insignia of ‘mountain warriors’, with whom he had been associated before becoming Yoshitsune’s follower.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Jan 1886
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.12