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Joganden moon (Joganden no tsuki) — Minamoto no Tsunemoto


Item code : DUh068

Artist Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Subject Samurai & Male
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher Akiyama Buemon
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 23.8 x 35.3 cm
Date Meiji (1868 - 1912)


This powerful and arresting image shows Minamoto no Tsunemoto’s skill at archery, as well as his deep loyalty to Emperor Shujaku. The scene takes place in the Joganden wing of Kyoto imperial palace. The maple leaves are beginning to fall. The year is 932.

The courtier, seeing that his master is in danger, releases a kaburaya, or “turnip-headed arrow,” from his bow. It strikes the demonic deer directly in between the eyes, saving the emperor. Following the swift movement of his body, Tsunemoto’s robes flare up to reveal a vivid red under a robe displaying the seigaiha (“waves of the blue ocean”) pattern. Seigaiha was very popular during the Heian period (794-1185), and it appeared on Noh robes later in the Momoyama period (1576-1600).


Condition : Excellent       Impression : Excellent
Very good.