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Title

Cloth-beating moon - Yūgiri, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Apr 1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

A man from Kyushu is waiting for the results of a lawsuit and is detained in Kyoto for three years. Concerned about his wife, he sends his maidservant Yūgiri to let her know he will not be returning until the end of the year. The news causes his wife to feel melancholy. To soothe her, Yūgiri organises implements her mistress can use to pound cloth, a task traditionally done to soften textiles. This is an allusion to a Chinese Tang dynasty poem where the beating of cloth by a wife can be heard by a husband who is far from home. When the wife receives news that her husband will be delayed, she goes mad. He eventually returns to discover she is dead. The moon is shown on the folding screen; a flowering bush clover represents autumn.


Details


Alternative title

kinuta no tsuki - Yūgiri


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Apr 1890


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

258.2012.84


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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.84; Another edition was reproduced

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