An image of Chikubushima moon - Tsunemasa

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Chikubushima moon - Tsunemasa, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Taira no Tsunemasa was both a military leader and fine musician, especially known for his skill in playing the 'biwa', a four-stringed lute. Here, he is visiting the shrine on Chikubushima near Lake Biwa, northeast of Kyoto, to pray for victory in the campaign against the Minamoto. The priest of the shrine has brought out a 'biwa' and asked him to play. It was said that the goddess of the shrine, Benten was moved by his music and appeared as a white dragon promising victory. However, the Taira were defeated and Tsunemasa was killed. His lute was placed in a shrine constructed in his memory, and the story became the subject of the nō play 'Chikubushima'.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Mar 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
258.2012.28