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Title

Moon of Kintoki's mountain, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Oct 1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Kintoki is refereeing a match between a monkey and a rabbit. He is depicted here as a fattened infant, which traditionally meant good health in Japanese and Chinese culture. The persimmon is perhaps an allusion to what the monkey stole from the immortals in heaven and Kintaro’s superior powers. Kintoki was the son of a 'rōnin' (or masterless samurai) and was abandoned in the Ashigara mountains, near Mount Fuji. Brought up by Yamauba, who was half-woman, half-spirit, she called him ‘golden boy’. The warrior Yorimitsu saw the child while he was hunting and wanted to take him away and make him a hero. His name was to change again, to Kintarō, once he became a man.


Details


Alternative title

Kintokiyama no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Oct 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

258.2012.87


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.87; Another edition was reproduced

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