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Title

The full moon/ coming with a challenge/ to flaunt its beautiful brow - Fukami Jikyū, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

23 Jun 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Dressed in a black kimono with bold, colourful sunflower patterns, and striking a proud pose as if challenging the moon above, Fukami Jikyū is the epitome of the folk heroes known as 'otokodate'. Formerly low-ranking samurai, who lost their employment during the peaceful Edo period, 'otokodate' were courageous, chivalrous men who protected the rights of the urban townspeople against attacks by street-gangs and harassments by idle samurai. 'Otokodate' were below the law and made a living from the proceeds from gambling, but nevertheless they enjoyed widespread support from townspeople.


Details


Alternative title

meigetsu ya/ kite miyo


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

258.2012.55


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.55; Another edition was reproduced

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