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This print is part of Yoshitoshi's famous series "100 Aspects of the Moon" which depicts scenes from traditional Chinese and Japanese history and lore. In a scene from the Noh play "Benkei on the Bridge", the high-born child Minamoto Ushikawa defends the Gojo Bridge in Kyoto against the warrior-priest Benkei. Benkei, unable to defeat Ushikawa and realizing the birth status of the boy, surrenders. Ushikawa later became the great General Minamoto Yoshitsume (1159-1189). Yoshitoshi was intrigued by this story, depicting its scenes in several other works.

Details

  • Title: Gojobashi no Tsuki (Gojo Bridge Moon)
  • Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
  • Date: 1888-04
  • Physical Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • Provenance: The prints in this series were given to Elizabeth Billings as a gift by Sho Nemoto.
  • Contributor: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Catalog Number: MABI 9289p

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