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Title

I listen to the sound of the cloth being pounded/ as the moon shines serenely/ and believe that there is someone else/ who has not yet gone to sleep - Tsunenobu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jan 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Minamoto no Tsunenobu was active in the 11th century as an official at the Heian court. He also excelled in poetry and playing the Japanese short-necked lute, 'biwa'. One night, as he enjoyed the autumn moon, he heard the sound of a mallet pounding cloth in the distance. This inspired him to recite the poem in the title, which was actually composed by Ki no Tsurayuki, one of the Thirty-six Immortal Poets. As Tsunenobu finished his recitation, a giant monster – whose hairy leg occupies the upper half of the design here – appeared and recited a couplet by the famous 8th-century Chinese poet Li Bai in response: ‘In the northern sky geese fly across the Big Dipper/to the south cold robes are pounded under the moonlight.’


Details


Alternative title

karakoromo/ utsu koe kikeba/ tsuki kiyomi/ mada nenu hito o/ sora ni shiru kana - Tsunenobu


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Jan 1886


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

258.2012.14


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. 14; Another edition was reproduced

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