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Moon of the enemys lair Little Prince Usu


Item code : DUh100

Artist Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Subject Samurai & Male
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher Akiyama Buemon
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 24.2 x 35.3 cm
Date Meiji (1868 - 1912)


O-Usu no miko was the third son of eighty of Emperor Keikos children. His father sent him to Kyshu to control the rebellious aboriginals of Kumaso. Disguised in womens clothes, he joined the feast that the rebels were enjoying. He ultimately killed the elder of the two Kumaso chieftans, and seriously wounded the younger one. The latter assigned O-Usu no miko the name Yamato Takeru, Bravest in Yamato.

Yoshitoshi allows the viewer to imagine the rest of the goings-on in the hall. As there was much discrimination against aboriginal people in Japan, people of Yoshitoshis time would have distinguished the handsome Yamato Takeru from the boisterous and savage ways of the rebels. 


Good, small stains on the cartouche.