100 Aspects of the Moon # 42 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Print Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 42 Moon of the enemy’s lair (Zokuso no tsuki)
1st Publication: 1886
Size: Oban; 13 1/2" x 9" + Margins as shown (22.9 x34.4 cm + margins)
Date of this edition: 1886
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Very fine. Exceptional colors and overall condition.
More about this print: O-Usu no miko (Little Prince Usu), aka Yamato-Take no Mikoto, was the physically strong and ruthless third son of emperor Keiko, who reigned from 71-130 AD. The many exploits attributed to O-Usu are described in the Kojiki and Nihonji, major histories compiled in the 8th century. We see him here dressed as a woman and concealing his sword. After his father has sent him to deal with a Kumaso rebellion, he infiltrates in disguise into the rebels' camp, and kills the two brothers who led the rebellion.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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