A Mirror of Famous Commanders of Great Japan: Michi no Omi no Mikoto
(Dai Nippon meisho kagami: Michi no Omi no Mikoto)
signed oju Yoshitoshi, with artist's seal Taiso, and publisher's date and address seal Meiji jusannen, nigatsu, nika; Higashifukudacho 2-banchi, shuppanjin Funazu Chujiro (Meiji 13 , February 20) of Funazu Chujiro of Kinjudo, 1880
oban tate-e 14 1/2 by 9 3/8 in., 36.9 by 23.8 cm
Between 1876 and 1882, Yoshitoshi produced fifty-one prints for this ambitious series depicting stories of famous warriors from history and legends. This print depicts the story of Michi no Omi who was guided by a crow to lead the Emperor Jimmu (711 BC -585 BC) to the camp of his enemy. Emperor Jimmu was the first legendary emperor in the Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan), a history of Japan prepared for the Imperial family dating to the 7th and 8th centuries. According to legend, Emperor Jimmu was a descendant of both the sun godess Amaterasu and the storm god Susanoo. Michino Omi no Mikoto also appears in the Nihon Shoki and the Kojiki (The Record of Ancient Things), a chronicle of myths, legends songs and genealogies. He was a companion of the Emperor who was a leader at his enthronement and was in charge of his security at the gates of the Imperial Palace.
Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 415, no. 334.38
Eric van den Ing & Robert Schaap, Beauty and Violence, 1992, p. 118, no. 27.38
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession nos.11.18098, 2016.1008
(inv. no. 10-5340)
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