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Title

Bon Festival moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

06 Jan 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Bon is a Buddhist summer festival held every year when the moon is full during the seventh lunar month. It is to honour the spirits of dead ancestors who are visiting descendants in the living world. Also known as the Lantern Festival, lanterns are used to guide spirits to and from where they came. In country areas a dance called 'bon odori' is often performed, where men and women dance in a line or circle, clapping and singing. They wear light cotton 'yukata' robes and dance with fans. Young men, such as the figure in the lower centre of the image, wear robes with geometrical patterns and tie their hair up in tight queues.


Details


Alternative title

Bon no tsuki


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


Accession number

258.2012.46


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.46; Another edition was reproduced

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