An image of The moon and the helm of a boat - Taira no Kiyotsune

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The moon and the helm of a boat - Taira no Kiyotsune, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Kiyotsune was the grandchild of Kiyomori, the ruthless leader of the Taira clan. After 20 years of ascendency, fate turned on the Taira clan and they were comprehensively defeated by the rival Minamoto clan in the battle at Dannoura in 1185. Kiyotsune, who had consulted an oracle at Usa and knew of the terrible fate of his clan, is captured here in the last moments of his life. Sitting at the helm of his boat, he plays the flute one last time before committing suicide by drowning.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
23 Jun 1887
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
258.2012.50