Chang E flees to the moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
1839 - 1892
Chang E (Jōga in Japanese) was the wife of Hou Yi, an archer who served Yao, the mythical emperor of China. One night the moon was eclipsed and the emperor ordered Hou Yi to save it; so he shot arrows into the sky shooting nine suns (leaving one), and the moon reappeared. His reward from the 'Royal Mother of the West', a Daoist deity, was a cup filled with the elixir of life. His wife stole the cup and drank it and then escaped to the moon where she reigned as goddess.
Jōga hongetsu tsuki
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
colour woodblock; ōban
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated.
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Yoshitoshi: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2016–20 Nov 2016
Referenced in 4 publications
Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no. 2; Another edition was reproduced
Look, Sydney, Sep 2016, 45 (colour illus.).