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Title

Moon of enlightenment, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

13 Apr 1888


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods, was the god of happiness and good fortune. He is often depicted in loose clothes, with a large hairy stomach, leaning comfortably on a large bag of treasures. A famous theme of Zen painters, Hotei is shown pointing childlike to the moon as it suddenly appears from behind the clouds. The appearance of the moon served as both an awakening for Hotei and a lesson to the viewer: not to confuse the finger that points at the moon with the moon itself.


Details


Alternative title

godō no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

13 Apr 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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

258.2012.62


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.62; Another edition was reproduced

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