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Title

The bottom of the bucket/ which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out/ the moon has no home in the water, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

10 Nov 1889


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Kaga no Chiyo (1703–75) was one of Japan’s most famous women 'haiku' poets. To escape the social restrictions placed on women in the Edo period, Lady Chiyo took the tonsure later in life. As a nun, she continued to compose poetry. Her most famous 'haiku' involves a bucket: ‘Morning-glories have taken my bucket – so I ask for water’. The poem in the title cartouche, most likely written by an acquaintance of Yoshitoshi, alludes playfully to Chiyo’s poem and bemoans the fact that the full moon can’t reflect itself in a pool of spilled water.


Details


Alternative title

Chiyodono ga/ itadaku oke no/ soko nukete/ misu tamari tewa/ tsuki mo yadorazu


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

10 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


Accession number

258.2012.74


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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.74; Another edition was reproduced

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