An image of Faith in the the third-day moon - Yukimori

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Faith in the the third-day moon - Yukimori, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The samurai warrior depicted here is Yamanaka Shikanosuke Yukimori, one of the ten heroes of the Amako clan, who served the Lord of Izumo province (today Shimane prefecture) during the 16th-century civil wars. He is shown here in full armour, holding a kamayari or ‘sickle-spear’. The crescent shape of the crosspiece of the halberd echoes the moon sickle on his helmet. In Japan the ‘moon of the third day’ ('mikazuki') is believed to be a lucky emblem. Yukimori, who was very superstitious, has chosen this motif for his war helmet, hoping for protection and good luck in battles.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Feb 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
258.2012.23