010 Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Toyotomi Hideyoshi blows a shell trumpet to signal the attack.

This animated psychedelic portrait, based on the eighteenth-century Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's Shizu Peak moon - Hideyoshi (Shizugatake no tsuki - Hideyoshi), features the renowned 16th-century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He is shown in full armour and wearing his impressive war helmet with the ‘sunburst’ crest. Sitting against a pine tree, Hideyoshi blows a conch-shell trumpet to signal the attack on the fortress on Shizugatake Hill. This battle took place in 1583 and was a crucial victory for Hideyoshi’s army. After this he reigned a unified Japan as the most powerful military and political leader for 15 years until his death in 1598.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年) has widely been recognized as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting. He is also regarded as one of the form's greatest innovators. His career spanned two eras – the last years of Edo period Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration.

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