An image of Moon of the enemy's lair - Little Prince Usu

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon of the enemy's lair - Little Prince Usu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The print depicts an event in the life of the semi-historical O-Usu (often known as Yamato Takeru, ‘Bravest in Yamato’). The 8th-century histories Kojiki and Nihonshi say that he lived from 81–113 CE, but he is actually an amalgam of several 4th-century generals who helped the Yamato rulers to subdue indigenous groups. Here, he is disguised in his aunt’s clothes to gain entry to a feast where he kills two chieftains, brothers known as 'Kumaso Takeru' (‘Bravest of the Kumaso’). The younger brother gave O-Usu the name 'Yamato Takeru' before dying.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
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
258.2012.42