An image of The moon's inner vision - Taira no Tomoume

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The moon's inner vision - Taira no Tomoume, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

This print depicts the death battle of the blind warrior Taira no Tomoume against a Minamoto adversary during the late 12th century. Though the moon is not represented in the print, it is an important element, alluded to in the short Japanese poem, ‘tanka’, inscribed on the stick carried as a talisman on Tomoume’s back. It reads: ‘From darkness I have wandered lost/On to a darker path/The moon of my heart/Is becoming clouded.’

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Jun 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
258.2012.34