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Title

Itsukushima moon - a Muro courtesan, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Feb 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The woman dressed in the fashion of the Heian period is a courtesan from Muro, a port city known for its pleasure quarters and the beauty and elegance of its courtesans. She is approaching the huge ‘torii’ of the main shrine on Itsukushima, now called Miyajima, in the Inland Sea. The Taira family, whose rivalry and war with the Minamoto family is the subject of the famous ‘Tale of Heike’ epic, were patrons of the shrine, and the courtesan may be Taira no Muronotsu’s mistress. Pictured in the print are items from a poem compiled by Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127–92): ‘The things a courtesan likes: songs, a drum, a boat, the bearer of a large umbrella …’


Details


Alternative title

Itsukushima no tsuki - Muro no yūjo


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Feb 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

258.2012.21


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. 21; Another edition was reproduced

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