An image of Frost fills the camp and the autumn air is still/ lines of returning geese cross the moon of the third hour - Kenshin

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Frost fills the camp and the autumn air is still/ lines of returning geese cross the moon of the third hour - Kenshin, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

An important figure in the civil wars of the mid 16th century, Uesugi no Terutora was born to the ruling family of the province of Echigo in 1530. At the age of 13 he seized power by ousting his sickly brother. In 1552, as feudal lords often did, he became a priest and changed his name to Kenshin. He is shown here resting at camp under the full moon before a battle against his rival, the ambitious leader Takeda Shingen. He sits on a stool wearing his priestly headdress rather than a helmet, and is inspired by the geese flying in the moonlight to write a poem; the reference to the third hour in the poem signifies midnight.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
20 Mar 1890
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
258.2012.82