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Title

I listen to the sound of the cloth being pounded/ as the moon shines serenely/ and believe that there is someone else/ who has not yet gone to sleep - Tsunenobu , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

January 1886

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    karakoromo/ utsu koe kikeba/ tsuki kiyomi/ mada nenu hito o/ sora ni shiru kana - Tsunenobu
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    January 1886
    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
    258.2012.14
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    Minamoto no Tsunenobu was active in the 11th century as an official at the Heian court. He also excelled in poetry and playing the Japanese short-necked lute, 'biwa'. One night, as he enjoyed the autumn moon, he heard the sound of a mallet pounding cloth in the distance. This inspired him to recite the poem in the title, which was actually composed by Ki no Tsurayuki, one of the Thirty-six Immortal Poets. As Tsunenobu finished his recitation, a giant monster – whose hairy leg occupies the upper half of the design here – appeared and recited a couplet by the famous 8th-century Chinese poet Li Bai in response: ‘In the northern sky geese fly across the Big Dipper/to the south cold robes are pounded under the moonlight.’

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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