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MOON ABOVE THE SEA AT DAIMOTSU BAY: BENKEI

Tsukioka (aka Taiso) Yoshitoshi

MOON ABOVE THE SEA AT DAIMOTSU BAY: BENKEI

1886

Woodblock print, nishiki-e

Vertical ōban, 357 x 246 mm

unknown

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

Milan,

+39 02 659 8203

Price upon request

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Signed: Yoshitoshi, and red artist’s seal Taiso
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
             Tsuki hyakushi
Fine impression with extensive application of mica (kirazuri) on the waves: fine colour and condition.
Possibly this is the best design from the series and certainly one of the most sought after.
The print depicts one of Japan's favorite heroes, Benkei.  In 1185 Yoshitsune attacked by his half-brother Minamoto no Yoritomo, was forced to flee to northern Japan by ship. Sailing along the Inland Sea off the coast of Harima Province not far from Kyoto, the ship was struck by a storm in Daimotsu Bay caused by the vengeful ghosts of the Taira warriors Yoshitsune and his men had slain. Benkei pacified the spirits in the prow of the boat.
See a fine impression of this print at the British Museum (1906,1220,0.1473).
References:
Eric Van Den Ing, Robert Schaap, Yoshitoshi - Beauty and Violence: Japanese prints by Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892, catalogue of the exhibition in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Philadelphia, 1992, no. 54.12, p. 72.
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon, Leiden 2013; no. 12.