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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Inaba Mountain Moon
(Tsuki hyakushi: Inabayama no tsuki)

signed Yoshitoshi, with seal Yoshitoshi no in, carved by Yamamoto, and publisher's date and address seal Meiji juhachinen, juichigatsu, juken; Nihonbashi-ku Muromachi Sanchome 9-banchi, insatsu ken hakkosha Akiyama Buemon (Meiji 18 [1885], November 10) of Akiyama Buemon of Kokkeido
oban tate-e 14 by 9 3/8 in., 35.7 by 23.9 cm
In 1564, the impregnable Gifu Castle, resting atop Inaba Mountain, was all that stood between daimyo Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) and complete domination over his rival Saito clan. To his good fortune, he had Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598) amongst his host. Hideyoshi, who would come to be regarded as Japan's second great unifier, was a young lieutenant of humble origins who had learned of a secret route inside Gifu. Alongside six of his most trusted men, Hideyoshi scaled Inaba Mountain, stole inside the castle, and raised gourds high above the ramparts. Upon seeing the signal, the rest of Nobunaga's army stormed the castle and quickly achieved a decisive victory. His feat on Inaba Mountain elevated Hideyoshi's standing with Nobunaga and set him on his way to greatness.
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Five - Yoshitoshi, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2017, cat. no. 74
Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 460, no. 478.7
Eric van den Ing & Robert Schaap, Beauty and Violence, 1992, p. 132, no. 54.7
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's 100 Aspects of the Moon, 2001, no. 7
Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Yoshitoshi: 32 Aspects of Women and 100 Aspects of the Moon, 2009, p. 20, no. 2.7
price: Sold