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Title

A glimpse of the moon - Kaoyo, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

06 Sep 1886


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

In this image Yoshitoshi makes use of 'kaimami', a popular erotic motif in Japanese literature and visual arts, in which a man peeps through the gap of a fence at an unsuspecting woman. The ‘peeping Tom’ here is Lord Kō no Moronao, the chief retainer of the 14th-century Ashikaga Takauji. Moronao fell in love with Kaoyo, the reputedly beautiful wife of shogunal official Enya Takesada, and contrived to have her as his wife. When his advances were rejected, Moronao plotted to have Kaoyo’s husband executed. The story of Enya’s retainers who avenge their lord’s unjust death became famous in the kabuki play 'Chūshingura'.


Details


Alternative title

kaimami no tsuki - Kaoyo


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

06 Sep 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

258.2012.37


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.37; Another edition was reproduced

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