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Does the cuckoo also/ announce its name from above the clouds?/ Yorimasa extemporises:/ I only bent my bow/ and the arrow shot itself, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

19 Mar 1888


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The courtier depicted here is Minamoto no Yorimasa, an acclaimed poet and heroic warrior of the 12th century. His best-known exploit is the killing of the mystic beast 'nue', a composite creature that has the face of a monkey, the body of a badger, a tiger’s paws and tail, and a snake’s head at the end. The 'nue' disturbed the emperor’s sleep with its shrieks and Yorimasa succeeded in shooting it down with a single arrow. The incident is included in the epic ‘The tales of Heike’ and dramatised in the nō play 'Nue'. The moon is not included in the design, but the shape of Yorimasa’s bow and his gaze upwards hint at a crescent moon.


Details


Alternative title

hototogisu/ nao mo kumoi ni/ aguru kana/ Yorimasa toriaezu/ yumiharizuki no/ iru ni makasete


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

19 Mar 1888


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

258.2012.58


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

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.58; Another edition was reproduced

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