One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Mount Yoshino Midnight Moon - Iga no Tsubone
(Tsuki hyakushi: Yoshinoyama yowa no tsuki - Iga no Tsubone)
signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Yoshitoshi no in, engraver's mark 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 illustrates the fearless court lady, Iga no Tsubone, confronting the winged ghost of Sasaki no Kiyotaka, an advisor to the Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339) who was forced to commit suicide after he gave disastrous advice to the Emperor which led to his defeat at the Battle of Minatogawa and retreat to Nara in 1336. According to the legend, Iga no Tsubone carried only a lantern filled with fireflies when she approached the ghost and convinced it to stop haunting the exiled court at Nara.
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 15
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