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Mountain Moon After Rain Tokimune by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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  • Mountain Moon After Rain Tokimune by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japan, 1839-1892). From the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon. Dated 1885. Japanese woodblock print (Nishiki-e) ink on paper.

    Goro Tokimune was one of the Soga brothers whose story of revenge became a legend in Japan. The two young brothers were orphaned as children when their father was killed by his rival, Kudo Suketsune. Goro was placed in a monastery to be trained as a priest, he later escaped, and he and his brother went into hiding. On a rainy night in 1193 the brothers seized their opportunity. During a hunting party of the great lords, the brothers snuck into the camp and killed Suketsune avenging their father's death. Juro, Goro's brother, was killed during the attempt at escape, and Goro was captured and later ordered to death by the then emperor Yoritomo.

    This work depicts Goro Tokimune rolling up his sleeves outside of the hunting camp on Mt. Fuji before their revenge. You can see a hototogisu fly over, with the clouds and the moon in the background. The hototogisu is a Japanese cuckoo, and symbolizes the call of spirits to the next world.

    Size: 14" h x 9" w (approx.) (Oban size)
    Condition: Excellent colors and impression. Slight soiling to surface. Partial trimming to margins. Slight paper loss to lower part of left and right margins. Mark below signature seal.

Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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