An image of Moonlight patrol - Saitō Toshimitsu

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moonlight patrol - Saitō Toshimitsu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Saitō Toshimitsu (1534–82) was the principal retainer of Akechi Mitsuhide (1526–82). Under the light of the full moon, Toshimitsu is inspecting the Kamo River in Kyoto, wearing full armour and holding his chief weapon, the 'naginata' – a long spear with a curved blade. It is 1582 and he is preparing for a revenge attack on the Honnōji Temple where Oda Nobunaga (1534–82), the warlord who was Mitsuhide’s archenemy, had his headquarters. Nobunaga was caught in a trap at the headquarters and killed. Toshimitsu was later captured by Nobunaga’s followers, but escaped and became a monk.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
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
258.2012.8