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Title

The night is full and a hundred flowers are fragrant in the western palace/ she orders the screen to be rolled up, regretting the passing of spring/ with the ‘yunhe’ across her lap she gazes at the moon/ the colours of the trees are hazy in the indistinct moonlight – Wang Changling, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

23 Jun 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

This print is the literal visualisation of two couplets by the eighth-century Chinese poet Wang Zhangling. A noblewoman interrupted her play of the string instrument when she noticed the lovely spring night outside. The ‘yunhe’ mentioned in the title poem indicates the type of wood used to make the Chinese lute ('pipa'). Yoshitoshi, however, interpreted this as the 'qin', a seven-string zither.


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Alternative title

seikyū yoru shizukanishite hyakka kaoru/ gyokuren o makan to hosshite haru no takaru o uramu/ naname ni unwa o idakite fukaku tsuki o miru/ rōrō to shite jushoku shōyō o kakusu - Ōshōrei


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


Accession number

258.2012.54


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.54; Another edition was reproduced

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