100 Aspects of the Moon # 42 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Print Title: 100 Aspects of the Moon # 42 Moon of the enemy’s lair (Zokuso no tsuki)
1st Publication: 1886
Size: Oban; 13 1/2" x 9 1/4" + margin (34 x 23.5 cm + margin)
Date of this edition: 1886
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Mild toning, a thin line in the upper margin.
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.
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