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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 27, The moon of Yamaki mansion - Kagekado
(Tsuki hyakushi: Yamaki yakata no tsuki - Kagekado)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, carver's seal Enkatsu, and published by Akiyama Buemon, 1886
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This composition depicts the first violent encounter between the Taira and Minamoto clans of feudal Japan, and is the first of multiple prints in the One Hundred Aspects of the Moon series that illustrate their rivalry. This legendary conflict is documented in the famous history Heike Monogatari (Tales of the Heike). The shadow behind the screen belongs to the leader of the Taira family Kanetaka, while the warrior in the foreground is Kato Kagekado, loyal retainer of Minamoto leader and future shogun Yoritomo (1147-1199). After years of political rivalry, Kanetaka ran off with the woman Yoritomo was about to marry, sparking the armed conflict.
In the eighth lunar month of 1180, Yoritomo sent Kagekado in to the Taira family's Yamaki mansion to assassinate Kanetaka. Kagekado sees Kanetaka's shadow cast by moonlight onto the fusuma (sliding doors) and raises his helmet past the door on the end of his spear. Kanetaka loses his balance, and is easily dispatched of. The Minamoto clan would win the ensuing conflict, and Kagekado remained their loyal retainer until becoming a monk in 1219.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 27
price: $ 775