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Title

The moon at high tide, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jan 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The old couple are Uba and Jō from the nō play 'Takasago'. They represent the spirits of two ancient pine trees at Takasago and Sumiyoshi who have remained spiritually close and loyal to each other despite the distance between them. The twin pine trees symbolise the fulfilment of a long, happy marriage. Even though the moon is nowhere to be seen in this image, the audience of the time could identify the print as an illustration of the scene in which the old man is looking at the moon and the woman is checking the tide before they sail away to Sumiyoshi.


Details


Alternative title

ideshio no tsuki


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


Accession number

258.2012.17


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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. 17; Another edition was reproduced

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