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Title

As I look into the vast expanse/ can this be the same moon/ that I saw rise in Kasuga behind Mount Mikasa?, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

20 May 1888


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The poem in the title is by Abe no Nakamaro, the son of a high official at the imperial court in Nara in the eighth century. A prodigy in mathematics, Nakamaro was sent to China to study the Chinese methods of measuring time. Through a series of unfortunate events, he could never return to Japan. Nakamaro is shown here sitting on the veranda of a Chinese palace, gazing at the full moon and wondering whether the moon he sees in China would be the same as the one he used to see in Nara, his home town.


Details


Alternative title

ama no hara/ furisake mireba/ Kasuga naru/ Mikasa no yama ni/ ideshi tsuki kamo


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

20 May 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

258.2012.64


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.64; Another edition was reproduced

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