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Title

Musashi Plain moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

02 Jan 1891


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Over 100 years ago, the Musashi Plain was a rural area, famous for romantic nocturnal stories. It was also said to be haunted by magical foxes that assembled together, particularly around the new year. Foxes are important in Japanese legend, and associated with the Shinto spirit Inari, god of the rice harvest or charlatans who played jokes on people. They could take human form, for example take on the appearance of a priest or a beautiful woman. Here, the female vixen is about to turn into a woman, and grooms herself while looking at her moonlit reflection.


Details


Alternative title

Musashino no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

02 Jan 1891


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

258.2012.91


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.91; Another edition was reproduced

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