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Title

Moon of enlightenment , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

13 April 1888

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    godō no tsuki
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    13 April 1888
    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
    258.2012.62
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods, was the god of happiness and good fortune. He is often depicted in loose clothes, with a large hairy stomach, leaning comfortably on a large bag of treasures. A famous theme of Zen painters, Hotei is shown pointing childlike to the moon as it suddenly appears from behind the clouds. The appearance of the moon served as both an awakening for Hotei and a lesson to the viewer: not to confuse the finger that points at the moon with the moon itself.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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