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Title

By now you must be near Komakata, a cuckoo calls - Takao, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Oct 1885


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Between the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, there were no less than eleven famous courtesans in the pleasure quarters of Edo known under the name ‘Takao’. This print may depict the sixth Takao, who was celebrated for her literary skills. Hearing the lonely call of the cuckoo in the early morning, Takao imagines her lover’s boat landing at Komakata on his way back to the city after having visited her the previous night. The two accompanying poems pick up the theme of Takao’s verse and read as follows:
A hundred grasses, longing for the summer dawn (by Tare of the Kitazato pleasure house)
By the bamboo window sewing a sleeveless robe (by Keikaen).


Details


Alternative title

Kimi wa ima/ Komakata Atari/ hototogisu - Takao


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Oct 1885


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock; ōban


Dimensions

39.0 x 26.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated.


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

258.2012.1


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Yuriko Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced

John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no. 1; Another edition was reproduced

Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced