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Title

The bottom of the bucket/ which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out/ the moon has no home in the water, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

10 Nov 1889


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

There has been much confusion about this work, which has been mistakenly said to depict Kaga no Chiyo (1703–75), a famous 'haiku' poetess who lived in the Edo period. It is most likely the poetess Adachi Chiyono, a daughter of a Kamakura period warrior Adachi Yasumori (1231–85). After the fall of her husband’s political position, she decided to become a Buddhist nun, under Mugaku Sōgen (1226–86), a Chinese Zen Rinzai master. She was given the Buddhist name Muchaku. She is sometimes also confused with another female Zen master, Mugai Nyodai. Her poem refers to her laboured efforts to attain enlightenment.


Details


Alternative title

Chiyodono ga/ itadaku oke no/ soko nukete/ misu tamari tewa/ tsuki mo yadorazu


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

10 Nov 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

258.2012.74


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Natalie Seiz pgs. 7-8, TAASA Review, 'Stories of women in Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon', Sydney, Sep 2016, 7 (colour illus.).

Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced

Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced

Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no.74; Another edition was reproduced