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Title

Jade Rabbit - Sun Wukong, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Nov 1889


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The immortal monkey Sun Wukong, known as Songoku in Japanese, means ‘enlightened emptiness’. Songoku accompanied the priest Tripitaka on a journey from China to India in the seventh century to collect scriptures, and became popular through the Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West’. He gained immortality by breaking into the heavenly garden and consuming the peaches of longevity. Here, his companion is the Rabbit in the Moon, also known as the Jade Rabbit, often associated with mixing the drugs for the elixir of life. Songoku fearlessly holds a magic staff, his favourite weapon used to strike demons.


Details


Alternative title

Gyokuto - Songokū


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Nov 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

258.2012.73


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.73; Another edition was reproduced

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