The village of Shi clan on a moonlit night - Nine-dragon tattoo, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
1839 - 1892
Shi Jin was one of the 108 bandits in the 13th-century Chinese tale 'The watermargin' ('Shuihu zhuan'), later translated into Japanese as 'Suikoden'. Originally from a wealthy landowner family, Shi Jin became an outlaw after sympathising with three bandit leaders who planned to attack his village. Shi caught but released them after hearing how oppression and injustice had forced them to become outlaws. Elaborate body tattoos symbolised physical courage and toughness but were also markers of a low social class. Shi Jin’s heavily tattooed body indicates he has joined the rank of the bandits. Here, he enjoys a last peaceful evening before leaving his home to escape arrest.
Shikason tsukiyo - Kumonryū
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
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, 28n (colour illus.).
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no. 6; General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced