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Title

Lunacy - unrolling letters , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1889

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    tsuki no monogurui - fumihiroge
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    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
    258.2012.77
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Undoubtedly one of the most poignant stories and designs in this series. The protagonist is Ochiyo, who served as a maid in Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s household. One day, Ochiyo received news of her lover’s death. She went mad with grief and wandered around the capital, unrolling and rolling the letters he had sent her until she, too, died of exhaustion. Ochiyo is seen here walking across a bridge, tossing her lover’s letter in the air. The paper scroll, now in tatters after being read over and over, forms a circle that replaces the absent moon.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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