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Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 39, Inamura Promontory moon at daybreak
(Tsuki hyakushi: Inamuragasaki no akebono no tsuki)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1886
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This composition depicts General Nitta no Yoshisada (1301-1338) who is trapped at the Inamura Promontory with enemy ships threatening his army's position. He offers his sword as sacrifice to the gods of the sea, praying for a favorable tide which would push the ships out of range and provide enough sand for Yoshisada'’s army to cross the promontory. The prayer was successful and Yoshisada was able to take the enemy stronghold, Kamakura, the following morning.
The general can be recognized by the dragon motif on his breastplate. This design alludes to his dragon war helmet, made infamous by the Kabuki play Kanadehon Chushingura.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 39
price: Sold