An image of Mount Tobisu dawn moon - Toda Hanbei Shigeyuki

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Mount Tobisu dawn moon - Toda Hanbei Shigeyuki, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The print illustrates an important scene in the battle of Mount Tobisu in 1525, when Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, broke the siege at Nagashino Castle and defeated the army of his enemy Takeda Shingen. He was helped by a loyal retainer named Sakai Tadatsugu, who is shown here standing on an elevated platform to oversee the attack at dawn. The title cartouche erroneously identifies the warrior here as Toda Hanbei Shigeyuki, another supporter of Ieyasu, who was also known as Toda Tadatsugu. Sakai’s ferocity is revealed through the human skull he used as personal standard.

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
258.2012.52