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Title

Like reflections in the rice-paddies/ the faces of streetwalkers in the darkness/ are exposed by the autumn moonlight - Hitotose, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

23 Jun 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The young woman depicted here is a 'tsujigimi', literally 'mistress of the street corner'. Belonging to the lowest class of prostitutes, 'tsujigimi' had to roam the streets, carrying a straw-mat under their arm, ready to be rolled out on demand. Unlike the young woman shown in this print, 'tsujigimi' were usually old and used heavy white make-up to cover their blemishes. The poem in the title cartouche by the female poet Oshun Hitotose refers to the extreme whiteness of this make-up that reflects the moonlight.


Details


Alternative title

tagoto aru/ naka nimo tsuraki/ tsujigimi no/ kao Sarashina ya/ aki no tsukikage - Hitotose


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

23 Jun 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

258.2012.49


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.49; Another edition was reproduced

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