Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Asian art

View More:


Title

Chōfu village moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jun 1891


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

By the light of the full moon and by the river, washed clothes piled on the straw mat are being beaten with mallets by two women in order to soften them. They are then laid out to dry. The sounds of women beating cloth is associated with the notion of women waiting for their husbands (see also 258.2012.84 'Cloth-beating moon'). Chōfu (also known in Japanese as 'tatsukuri') literally means ‘tax cloth’. The town was probably known to have used cloth as payment in lieu of tax at some time. This is a common scene used in 'ukiyo-e' prints and Hiroshige had produced similar prints, often identifying the town on the Musashi plain by including Mount Fuji in the background.


Details


Alternative title

Chōfu sato no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Jun 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

258.2012.96


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.96; Another edition was reproduced

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