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Title

Cloth-beating moon - Yūgiri , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

April 1890

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    kinuta no tsuki - Yūgiri
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    April 1890
    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
    258.2012.84
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    A man from Kyushu is waiting for the results of a lawsuit and is detained in Kyoto for three years. Concerned about his wife, he sends his maidservant Yūgiri to let her know he will not be returning until the end of the year. The news causes his wife to feel melancholy. To soothe her, Yūgiri organises implements her mistress can use to pound cloth, a task traditionally done to soften textiles. This is an allusion to a Chinese Tang dynasty poem where the beating of cloth by a wife can be heard by a husband who is far from home. When the wife receives news that her husband will be delayed, she goes mad. He eventually returns to discover she is dead. The moon is shown on the folding screen; a flowering bush clover represents autumn.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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