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Title

Hazy-night moon - Kumasaka, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

06 Jan 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The main figure is a masked nō actor performing the role of Kumasaka no Chōhan, a Buddhist priest who became an outlaw and led a band of robbers. One night in 1174, Kumasaka’s gang robbed a travelling gold merchant, not knowing that the prodigy warrior Minamoto Yoshitsune was in the merchant’s entourage. Kumasaka was defeated and killed. His story was dramatised in the nō play 'Kumasaka'. There is no moon in this design, but audiences familiar with the play would have recognised the reference to a hazy-moon in the title from a chorus line: ‘Though the moon is out, it is a hazy, moonlit night – “Storm in”, he orders …’


Details


Alternative title

oboroyo no tsuki - Kumasaka


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

06 Jan 1887


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

258.2012.45


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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.45; Another edition was reproduced

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