An image of Inaba Mountain moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Inaba Mountain moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

A warrior with a giant water-gourd and a sword strapped on his back climbs over a rocky outcrop. In a surprising compositional mode, the huge moon is placed below the figure, highlighting the difficult terrain. The brave samurai depicted is none other than Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536–98), the famed warlord known as the Taikō, or ‘Regent’, who unified Japan in the late 16th century. In this scene, Hideyoshi, still a young lieutenant in the army of Oda Nobunaga (1534–82), leads his unit along a difficult route to launch a successful attack on the besieged castle of the Saitō clan on Inaba Mountain. This episode is described in the Taikōki, Hideyoshi’s biography published posthumously in 1626.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
10 Dec 1885
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
258.2012.7