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Title

In the midst of glimmering whiteness/ among the night's moon-shadows/ I part the snow and pluck plum blossoms - Kintō, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jan 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Fujiwara no Kintō was a noted 11th-century musician, poet and historian at the Heian court. In this scene, Kintō is out in the palace garden on a winter night. Snow has just fallen on the blossoming plum branches. The serenity of the scene inspired Kintō to compose the poem cited in the title cartouche. Although not visible in the design, the presence of the moon is hinted at in the poem.


Details


Alternative title

shirajira to/ shiraketaru yo no/ tsukikage ni/ yuki kakiwakete/ ume no hana oru - Kintō


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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

258.2012.47


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.47; Another edition was reproduced

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