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Title

Saga Moor moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1891


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Emperor Takakura was infatuated with the beautiful Kogō no Tsubone, who served his wife, Empress Kenreimonin. Kenreimonin felt if Kogō had a son by her husband the child could be a risk to the throne. The empress gave orders to poison Kogō, so she ran away. The emperor was so upset that he ordered that Kogō be found. The courtier and flute player Nakakuni, who had performed with Kogō – a brilliant ‘koto’ (zither) player – rode on his horse around the countryside looking for her. Here, in this bright moonlit scene, Nakakuni is playing the song 'Sōfuren' (‘love for the husband’) on his flute. He finds her as she responds to his tune on her 'koto'. She ultimately returned to the emperor, had a child that was a girl, and was sent away to become a nun.


Details


Alternative title

Sagano no tsuki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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

258.2012.99


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.99; Another edition was reproduced

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