Tokiwa gozen and her Husband Minamotono Yoshitomo, 1881
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 8 7/8 in. (331.79 mm x 225.43 mm)
Back to back print with 93.6.41. No. 12.
Japanese text printed in the upper part of the image. Title on mat, in pencil. Seal: Taiso. Text: Tentendo shujin. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi ga.
Colored ink woodblock on paper.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a man and wife, in an interior setting. Back to back print. The warrior Minamoto Yoshitomo (1123-1160) died in his efforts to overthrow the imperial chancellor Taira Kiyomori. Here Yoshitomo is shown bidding farewell to his wife Lady Tokiwa just before departing on his unsuccessful campaign. Later she will need to offer herself to Kiyomori as the only way to save her three children by Yoshitomo.
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