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Did I ever imagine that - Hidetsugu


Item code : DUh109

Artist Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Subject Samurai & Male
Series 100 Aspects of the Moon
Publisher Akiyama Buemon
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 24.2 x 36.1 cm
Date Meiji (1868 - 1912)


Did I ever imagine that 
As the clouds of the high autumn sky cleared
I would view the moon through a bamboo lattice window - Hidetsugu

Toyotomi Hidetsugu (1568-1595) is in deep thought as he composese the poem above in the temploe on Moutn Koya where he was exiled by his adoptive father Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi disowned him when a true son was born to the family; however, he was rather forced to exile him, as Hidetsugu was more a wayward firebrand than faithful heir. In 1595, Hidetsugu was cornered by ten thousand of his father's men, only to commit suicide. 

Although in such a demoted state, Hidetsugu seems to maintain his dignity, along with his bowing retainer on the left of the composition. Hidetsugu is caged as if he were the moon behind the lattice window. 


both sides of margin trimmed, slightly faded,