One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: No. 41, Takeda Shingen Viewing Mt. Fuji f, 1886
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 13/16 in. (328.61 mm x 223.84 mm)
Takeda Shingen viewing Mt. Fuji: The warrior Takeda Shingen (1521-1573) repeatedly tried to gain control of the lands around Mt. Fuji but was unsuccessful until 1568. Here he sits on a cloud, looking across the pineclad peninsula of Miho to the majestic peak. The poem reads: On the coast of Kiyomi / Even the sky bars the way; / The moon is blocked / By the pines of Miho.
On mat, in pencil: Marer 337. Artist's seal: Taiso. Signed: Yoshitoshi. Carver: Yamamoto to.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print of the 16th century warlord Takeda Shingen, lord of Kai province, who spent his life trying to seize the neighboring province of Suruga, home of Mount Fuji, and unify Japan. He died, struck down by a bullet in 1573, before achieving his goal.
The poem in the upper right reads:
sora nimo seki no
tsuki o todomete
Mio no matsubara
"On the coast at Kiyomi even the sky bars the way
The moon is blocked by the Mio pine groves."
"Shingen sits on a stool covered with a deerskin. His boots are made of bear fur and the scabbard of his sword is made of tigerskin. He wears an ornate war-helmet, decorated with white hair and antlers - the flowing hair is beautifully embossed. Some of Japan's cultural origins extend back into northern Asia, to the shamans of Siberia, for whom antlers had magical properties. Shingen's robe has a varnished pattern which required its own carved woodblock - the varnish was then overprinted like an extra color. Black details in the armor have been given a burnished finish."
(John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Seattle: San Francisco Graphic Society, 1992.)
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