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Title

The village of Shi clan on a moonlit night - Nine-dragon tattoo, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Nov 1885


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Shi Jin was one of the 108 bandits in the 13th-century Chinese tale 'The watermargin' ('Shuihu zhuan'), later translated into Japanese as 'Suikoden'. Originally from a wealthy landowner family, Shi Jin became an outlaw after sympathising with three bandit leaders who planned to attack his village. Shi caught but released them after hearing how oppression and injustice had forced them to become outlaws. Elaborate body tattoos symbolised physical courage and toughness but were also markers of a low social class. Shi Jin’s heavily tattooed body indicates he has joined the rank of the bandits. Here, he enjoys a last peaceful evening before leaving his home to escape arrest.


Details


Alternative title

Shikason tsukiyo - Kumonryū


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Nov 1885


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

258.2012.6


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. 6; General reference; Another edition was reproduced

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