Yoshitoshi: Moon of the enemy’s lair--Little Prince Usu
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Moon of the enemy’s lair--Little Prince Usu
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
The legendary hero Uso no miko, “Little Prince Usu” was the third son of the 2nd century Emperor Keikô. In this scene he had been sent to crush a rebellion on the island of Kyushu. He has disguised himself as a woman and is about to join the rebel feast, sword beneath his robe. He will then wait until the chieftans are drunk before doing away with them. The way the smoke floats in front of the patterned curtain is very inventive.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Left margin trimmed.
Publisher: Akiyama Takeuemon
Literature: Stevenson #42.