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The moon glimmers like bright snow/ and plum blossoms appear like reflected stars/ ah! the golden mirror of the moon passes overhead/ as fragrance from the jade chamber fills the garden - Sugawara no Michizane, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jan 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Sugawara no Michizane was a high official in the Heian court of the late 9th century. He was a brilliant scholar of Chinese literature and one of the finest poets who wrote in Chinese. Enemies blamed him for an eclipse of the Sun and forced him into exile and death in Kyushu, but his vengeful spirit was believed to have caused the deaths of his enemies and, subsequently, the emperor. Michizane was eventually pardoned and deified as Tenjin, the Shinto god of music, literature and calligraphy. He is also associated with harmonising Shinto with Zen Buddhism. It is unusual that Michizane is depicted here as a boy rather than as an influential adult.


Details


Alternative title

tsuki kagayakite seisetsu no gotoshi/ baika wa shūsei ni niru/ awaremubeshi kinkyō tenzu/ teijō gyokubō no kaori - Sugawara no Michizane


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

258.2012.16


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. 16; Another edition was reproduced

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