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Title

Kazan temple moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

20 Dec 1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

In 985, at the beginning of his reign as emperor at 17 years old, Kazan was mourning the death of his favourite consort. Kaneie, an ambitious politician of the Fujiwara family, tricked the emperor into taking the vows of a priest, in which case he would be forced to abdicate. Kaneie sent his son Michikane to give an emotional speech to Kazan, announcing that he himself was to become a priest and inviting Kazan to join him, although, in fact, he had no intention of going to the ceremony. Kazan is shown here with a retainer on the way to Gangyō temple on a moonlit night so bright that he feared he would be discovered. Kazan became a priest and hence lost power.


Details


Alternative title

Kazanji no tsuki


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


Accession number

258.2012.90


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.90; Another edition was reproduced

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