Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Asian art

View More:


Title

The moon and the abandoned old woman, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Dec 1891


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Recorded in Japanese literature for hundreds of years, the act in rural areas of discarding old people due to economic necessity was contrary to the expectations of filial piety more prevalent in the other prints of the series. Here, under an autumn moon, a peasant carries an old lady on his back up the mountainside. The small figures, dominated by a landscape (as in 'Red Cliffs') are portrayed against a gigantic pine tree, which is a symbol of longevity. In one of the stories about this subject 'Yamato monogatari', a man from Nagano province, deserts his aunt in the mountains, but is forced to return to her out of guilt.


Details


Alternative title

Obasute no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Dec 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

258.2012.97


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.97; Another edition was reproduced

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