Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
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Returning Geese - Kenshin


Artist: Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
Date: 20th March 1890
Size/Format: Oban Tate-e (9.75 by 14.25ins)
Description: Kenshin is shown in camp during one of his inconclusive campaigns against Takeda Shingen. The camp is suggested by the windbreak of white and indigo fabric behind him. Kenshin is resting his men before battle and has invited his generals to a banquet under the full moon. Dishes of formally arranged food are placed to his left. The third hour mentioned in the poem is the equivalent of midnight. Kenshin sits on a stool covered with a spotted deerskin. He wears full armour, except that instead of a helmet he has the headdress of priest over his shoulders and shaved head. The headdress is intricately embossed - this is no ordinary priest. Inspired to compose a poem by the sight of a flight of geese against a full moon, he holds a brush and writing paper. The poem, a couplet containing seven characters per line in the Chinese manner, conveys the peace of an autumn night. The background is simply but effectively suggested by the shadow of a hill and silhouettes of the geese.
Series: 100 Phases of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Very good, retains original Japanese album backing.
Impression: Fine.
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