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Title

Hōrin temple moon - Yokobue, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

20 Dec 1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

A young guard fell in love with Yokobue, but his father forbade them to marry. As he could not choose between the two, the distressed young man left to become a monk at Hōrin temple in the mountains. Yokobue went to see Ajō (the new religious name of the young man) and knocked on the temple gate. When he realised who it was, he too started to weep. Frightened she may persuade him to alter his decision from becoming a monk, he sent word that no one of his name was staying there. She left to become a nun. Yokobue is shown here as she comes down the mountain with sleeves wet with weeping, the dark clouds hovering over the distant moon. Her hands are clasped together indicating her distress. The interwoven pine trees, the symbol of lovers, fade into the background.


Details


Alternative title

Hōrinji no tsuki - Yokobue


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

20 Dec 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

258.2012.89


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

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.89; Another edition was reproduced

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