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Title

Moon of the Lonely House, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Aug 1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

An old lady served a high-ranking lord whose disease could only be cured with the blood of children in a certain month. Under a well-lit moon, she went to kill children for their blood. After her lord recovered, she confessed to her deeds and was pardoned. The story varies, sometimes being the blood of pilgrims, other times the blood of travellers. Here, the old lady is shown to be peering around the doorway at a victim, ready to kill. Both Yoshitoshi and his teacher Kuniyoshi, haunted by this scene, used the same motifs in previous works on this theme, such as the rope around the roof, the climbing vine and the woman’s withered breasts.


Details


Alternative title

hitotsuya no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Aug 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


Accession number

258.2012.85


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

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.85; Another edition was reproduced

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