An image of Jōganden moon - Minamoto no Tsunemoto

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Jōganden moon - Minamoto no Tsunemoto, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The high-ranking 10th-century courtier Minamoto no Tsunemoto was known for his excellent skills as a poet and an archer. Standing with his back turned to the viewers, Tsunemoto is shown here executing one of his heroic acts. One autumn night in 932, as Emperor Shujaku was strolling in the garden in the Jōganden wing of the imperial palace in Kyoto, a demon taking the shape of a giant deer appeared on the roof and prepared to leap on the emperor. Tsunemoto, who was present, killed the beast with a single ‘turnip-headed’ arrow between the eyes.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Dec 1888
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
258.2012.67