The title of this woodcut, Shinkan no Tsuki – Taira no Tomoume, speaks about the blind swordsman whose name is Tomoume of the Taira clan and his inner vision which enables him to engage in a ferocious battle even though he is unable to see. The flag on his back contains a poem, which reads “From darkness / I have wandered lost / on to a darker path / the moon of my heart / is becoming clouded”.
The print is from Yoshitoshi’s series “100 Aspects of the Moon”. Please note the original archival image has suffered the ravages of time, resulting in a vintage look and feel to this reproduction. But in the spirit of wabi-sabi, we think it looks rather cool!
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Original Type: Ukiyo-e woodcut
Canvas: 8×12 to 30×40 inch sizing, wrapped canvas