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Title

Itsukushima moon - a Muro courtesan , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

February 1886

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Itsukushima no tsuki - Muro no yūjo
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    February 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
    258.2012.21
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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    The woman dressed in the fashion of the Heian period is a courtesan from Muro, a port city known for its pleasure quarters and the beauty and elegance of its courtesans. She is approaching the huge ‘torii’ of the main shrine on Itsukushima, now called Miyajima, in the Inland Sea. The Taira family, whose rivalry and war with the Minamoto family is the subject of the famous ‘Tale of Heike’ epic, were patrons of the shrine, and the courtesan may be Taira no Muronotsu’s mistress. Pictured in the print are items from a poem compiled by Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127–92): ‘The things a courtesan likes: songs, a drum, a boat, the bearer of a large umbrella …’

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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