An image of Rising moon over Mount Nanping - Cao Cao

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Rising moon over Mount Nanping - Cao Cao, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Cao Cao (Sōsō in Japanese), a forceful, but ruthless military lord described in the semi-historical ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, is shown here standing in a small boat overlooking the Yangzi River. In the distance, two crows – messengers of good news – fly away from him towards the full moon over Mount Nanping. This print illustrates the episode in which Cao Cao disregarded the bad omen and the advice of one of his generals for caution. He gave orders for the battle at the Red Cliffs in which he was ultimately defeated.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Oct 1885
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
258.2012.3