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Title

Lunacy - unrolling letters, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1889


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Undoubtedly one of the most poignant stories and designs in this series. The protagonist is Ochiyo, who served as a maid in Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s household. One day, Ochiyo received news of her lover’s death. She went mad with grief and wandered around the capital, unrolling and rolling the letters he had sent her until she, too, died of exhaustion. Ochiyo is seen here walking across a bridge, tossing her lover’s letter in the air. The paper scroll, now in tatters after being read over and over, forms a circle that replaces the absent moon.


Details


Alternative title

tsuki no monogurui - fumihiroge


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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

258.2012.77


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.77; Another edition was reproduced

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