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Title

Hazy-night moon - Kumasaka , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

06 January 1887

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    oboroyo no tsuki - Kumasaka
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    06 January 1887
    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
    258.2012.45
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The main figure is a masked nō actor performing the role of Kumasaka no Chōhan, a Buddhist priest who became an outlaw and led a band of robbers. One night in 1174, Kumasaka’s gang robbed a travelling gold merchant, not knowing that the prodigy warrior Minamoto Yoshitsune was in the merchant’s entourage. Kumasaka was defeated and killed. His story was dramatised in the nō play 'Kumasaka'. There is no moon in this design, but audiences familiar with the play would have recognised the reference to a hazy-moon in the title from a chorus line: ‘Though the moon is out, it is a hazy, moonlit night – “Storm in”, he orders …’

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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