An image of Dawn moon and tumbling snow - Kobayashi Heihachirō

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Dawn moon and tumbling snow - Kobayashi Heihachirō, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

In the final act of the famous Kabuki play 'Kanadehon Chūshingura' (‘The treasury of loyal retainers’), the 47 'rōnin' (or masterless samurai) attacked the mansion of the villain Moronao to avenge their lord on a snowy moonlit night. In this print, Yoshitoshi chose to illustrate this famous event from an unusual angle, focusing on Kobayashi Heihachirō, Moronao’s retainer, instead of showing one of the 'rōnin' who are actually the heroes of the story. Faithful to the story, Heihachirō is shown here wearing his old nurse’s robe, as he attempted to catch the attackers off guard. Heihachirō defended his lord with great courage, but was killed.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
1889
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
258.2012.79