The moon through a crumbling window, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
01 Jun 1886
1839 - 1892
Bodhidharma (Daruma in Japanese) was an Indian prince and the founder of Zen Buddhism. He travelled from India to China in the sixth century seeking enlightenment through Buddhist practice. He is said to have gone to Luoyang in northern China where he sat facing a wall for nine years, and meditated for so long the wall started to disintegrate. Here, Bodhidharma is sitting in meditation under the moonlight. Struggling with his thoughts, he appears fierce rather than calm.
hasō no tsuki
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
01 Jun 1886
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
Yuriko Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Natalie Seiz, Look, 'Lunar orbit', pgs.24-28, Sydney, Aug 2016, 26 (colour illus.).
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no.30; Another edition was reproduced
Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced