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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 78, Rainy moon -Kojima Takanori
(Tsuki hyakushi: uchu no tsuki -Kojima Takanori)

with mica rain, signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Yoshitoshi, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1889
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This composition depicts the 14th century warrior and scholar of Chinese history Kojima Takanori praying before a cherry tree. His story is recounted in the late 14th century history Taiheiki Monogatari (Chronicle of Great Peace). In 1331, Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339) was deposed and sent into exile by the Hojo family. Takanori, a loyal supporter of the Emperor, disguised himself as a peasant and tracked the Emperor to the small inn on the border of Bizen province. As a message to the Emperor, Takanori rips a patch of bark off the cherry tree and writes a classical poem. The poem recounts the King of Yue, who was saved by his loyal retainer, Huan Lei. Although the Emperor was heartened by the poem, it was two more years before he was reinstated.
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 78
price: Sold