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Title

Moon of the pleasure quarters, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Mar 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

A courtesan, recognisable by her 'geta' (very high clogs), is taking an evening walk to enjoy the cherry blossoms in moonlight with her 'kamuro' (child attendant). Edo’s licensed pleasure quarter, the Yoshiwara, was famous for its central avenue lined on both sides with cherry trees and offering a spectacular view when in full bloom. In Japanese culture cherry blossoms are celebrated for their transitory beauty. Courtesans, whose fame was short-lived as their beauty succumbed to the passing of time, are also nicknamed 'yozakura', or 'night cherry blossoms'.


Details


Alternative title

Kuruwa no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Mar 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

258.2012.24


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. 24; Another edition was reproduced

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