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Title

Ishiyama moon , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

10 October 1889

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Ishiyama no tsuki
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    10 October 1889
    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
    258.2012.71
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    A lady dressed in the costume of the Heian court sits at a low desk on the verandah of a temple building and gazes out to the full moon as if searching for inspiration. The title cartouche indicates the location as Ishiyama, a small village on the shore of Lake Biwa outside of Kyoto. The main temple in Ishiyama was a popular travel destination for Heian court ladies. The purple robe of the court lady seen here suggests that she is the 11th-century Murasaki Shikibu (‘Murasaki’ means ‘purple’), the author of Japan’s oldest novel, 'The tale of Genji'. It is believed that Murasaki wrote the story during a sojourn in Ishiyama Temple.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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