This exceptional original woodblock print from the Series 100 Aspects of the Moon, with the warrior Yorimasa kneeling on the ground holding his bow and a wakizashi tucked into his green billowing robe and wearing a small black hat. His interesting facial expression with his curled moustache and wavy eyebrows. On the lower right-hand corner is Yoshitoshi’s signature and red embossed cartouche.
Minamoto no Yorimasa (1106-1180) made his fame when he shot a mythological nue-monster that was disturbing the Emperor, and was given a sword, and Lady Shobu for a wife. At the rewarding ceremony a cuckoo calls, and Minister Yorinaga asks: "Does the cuckoo too announce its name from above the clouds?" Yorimasa replies: "I only bent my bow, and the arrow shot itself” (hototogisu nao mo kumoi ni agura kana, Yorimasa toriaezu: yumiharizuki no iru ni makasete)”. Condition: Very good color & impressionand embellished with black lacquer. Some light soiling on the border and light general wear. Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) - Age: 1888 – Size: Oban 9.5" x 14