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Title

Chang E flees to the moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Oct 1885


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Chang E (Jōga in Japanese) was the wife of Hou Yi, an archer who served Yao, the mythical emperor of China. One night the moon was eclipsed and the emperor ordered Hou Yi to save it; so he shot arrows into the sky shooting nine suns (leaving one), and the moon reappeared. His reward from the 'Royal Mother of the West', a Daoist deity, was a cup filled with the elixir of life. His wife stole the cup and drank it and then escaped to the moon where she reigned as goddess.


Details


Alternative title

Jōga hongetsu tsuki


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


Accession number

258.2012.2


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

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. 2; Another edition was reproduced

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