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Takakura moon (Takakura no tsuki) Hasebe Nobutsura


Item code : DUh035

Artist Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Subject Samurai & Male
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher Akiyama Buemon
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 24.3 x 35.2 cm
Date Meiji (1868 - 1912)


In 1180, Taira no Kiyomori came to power, dominating the regime of the government. Prince Mochihito, the son of the emperor, Go-shirakawa, and Minamoto no Yorimasa, the son of Yoritomo planned to attack the Taira family. However, Prince Mochihito was killed, and Minamoto no Yorimasa committed seppuku in Uji temple in Kyoto.

The print shows the scene just before the battle. Aware of the danger in his Takakura mansion, Prince Mochihito dresses up as a woman to escape in disguise. The idea was a rather clever one, as the ladies in the Heian court wore hats with veils that dropped to their ankles, helping to hide their figures and faces. The man in the foreground is the retainer, Hasebe Nobutsura, who kneels on the ground to see off the fleeing prince and Nakatsugu. In the meantime, Hasebe Nobutsura remained in his mansion to distract the Taira by fighting.


Good, slight damage of the bottom part.