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Does the cuckoo also/ announce its name from above the clouds?/ Yorimasa extemporises:/ I only bent my bow/ and the arrow shot itself , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

19 March 1888


Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    hototogisu/ nao mo kumoi ni/ aguru kana/ Yorimasa toriaezu/ yumiharizuki no/ iru ni makasete
    Place where the work was made
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    19 March 1888
    Media category
    Materials used
    colour woodblock; ōban
    39.0 x 26.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated.

    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The courtier depicted here is Minamoto no Yorimasa, an acclaimed poet and heroic warrior of the 12th century. His best-known exploit is the killing of the mystic beast 'nue', a composite creature that has the face of a monkey, the body of a badger, a tiger’s paws and tail, and a snake’s head at the end. The 'nue' disturbed the emperor’s sleep with its shrieks and Yorimasa succeeded in shooting it down with a single arrow. The incident is included in the epic ‘The tales of Heike’ and dramatised in the nō play 'Nue'. The moon is not included in the design, but the shape of Yorimasa’s bow and his gaze upwards hint at a crescent moon.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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