An image of Takakura moon - Hasebe Nobutsura

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Takakura moon - Hasebe Nobutsura, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The main figure in this image is Hasebe Nobutsura, a loyal retainer of Prince Mochihito. After having unsuccessfully plotted against the powerful Taira family in 1180, Mochihito was forced to flee from his Takakura mansion outside of Kyoto. Nobutsura cleverly had Mochihito and his companion dressed as travelling women, wearing wide-brimmed hats and all-concealing veils. Here, Nobutsura watches the fleeing prince before returning to defend his lord’s mansion.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Aug 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
258.2012.36