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Title

Monkey-music moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

15 Jan 1891


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

A samurai stands backstage at a humorous dance performance known as 'saragaku', literally ‘monkey music’, which includes song, dance and music. Originating in the tenth century, by the fifteenth century 'saragaku' evolved into nō theatre. Here, a crowd of men carrying umbrellas come early to try and find seats to watch a performance. It is a dawn moon, indicating it is an early performance which would last from 8am until the afternoon. During the Edo period the emperor’s envoy would be sent from Kyoto to Edo to send new-year greetings from the Tokugawa family. It was customary that the envoy and commoners from districts in the city be invited to a nō performance.


Details


Alternative title

sarugaku no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

15 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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

258.2012.92


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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.92; Another edition was reproduced

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