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Title

By now you must be near Komakata, a cuckoo calls - Takao , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

October 1885

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kimi wa ima/ Komakata Atari/ hototogisu - Takao
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    October 1885
    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
    258.2012.1
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Between the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, there were no less than eleven famous courtesans in the pleasure quarters of Edo known under the name ‘Takao’. This print may depict the sixth Takao, who was celebrated for her literary skills. Hearing the lonely call of the cuckoo in the early morning, Takao imagines her lover’s boat landing at Komakata on his way back to the city after having visited her the previous night. The two accompanying poems pick up the theme of Takao’s verse and read as follows:
    A hundred grasses, longing for the summer dawn (by Tare of the Kitazato pleasure house)
    By the bamboo window sewing a sleeveless robe (by Keikaen).

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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