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Title

Ishiyama moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

10 Oct 1889


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

A lady dressed in the costume of the Heian court sits at a low desk on the verandah of a temple building and gazes out to the full moon as if searching for inspiration. The title cartouche indicates the location as Ishiyama, a small village on the shore of Lake Biwa outside of Kyoto. The main temple in Ishiyama was a popular travel destination for Heian court ladies. The purple robe of the court lady seen here suggests that she is the 11th-century Murasaki Shikibu (‘Murasaki’ means ‘purple’), the author of Japan’s oldest novel, 'The tale of Genji'. It is believed that Murasaki wrote the story during a sojourn in Ishiyama Temple.


Details


Alternative title

Ishiyama no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

10 Oct 1889


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

258.2012.71


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.71; Another edition was reproduced

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