We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

Moon of the Southern Sea , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1888

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Nankai no tsuki
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    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
    258.2012.68
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

    Share
  • About

    This bodhisattva is the goddess of mercy and compassion known in Japan as Kannon (‘one who hears the sound of the world’) and in China as Guanyin. Depicted here is the origin of Kannon in India as Avalokitesvara. Kannon is sitting on a rocky island in the Southern Sea off the coast of India called Potalaka, a place she lived on earth. She is sitting under the moon on this rocky outpost, and behind her is a vase with healing water and a willow branch, which she would use to sprinkle the water over people in need. Kannon is particularly worshipped by fishermen and sailors.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

See more works