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Title

A glimpse of the moon - Kaoyo , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

06 September 1886

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    kaimami no tsuki - Kaoyo
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    06 September 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
    258.2012.37
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    In this image Yoshitoshi makes use of 'kaimami', a popular erotic motif in Japanese literature and visual arts, in which a man peeps through the gap of a fence at an unsuspecting woman. The ‘peeping Tom’ here is Lord Kō no Moronao, the chief retainer of the 14th-century Ashikaga Takauji. Moronao fell in love with Kaoyo, the reputedly beautiful wife of shogunal official Enya Takesada, and contrived to have her as his wife. When his advances were rejected, Moronao plotted to have Kaoyo’s husband executed. The story of Enya’s retainers who avenge their lord’s unjust death became famous in the kabuki play 'Chūshingura'.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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