Summer Night Moon

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Summer Night Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Summer Night Moon

100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)
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Summer Night Moon - Poignant image of General Akashi Gidayu preparing to commit ritual suicide. In the face of defeat, suicide was considered an honorable option for samurai. After he was defeated in a major battle, General Akashi was ordered not to kill himself by his commander, but he disobeyed. He looks down at the death poem he has just written, a dirk in his hand. A tiger on the screen at upper left suggests his strength and fierceness as a warrior. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black lacquer elements in the room. Akashi's poem reads:

As I am about to enter the ranks of those who disobey;
ever more brightly shines the moon of the summer night.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. A few small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, few small spots. Please see photos for details.

Summer Night Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Summer Night Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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