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Title

Moon of the Lonely House , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

August 1890

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    hitotsuya no tsuki
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    August 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
    258.2012.85
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    An old lady served a high-ranking lord whose disease could only be cured with the blood of children in a certain month. Under a well-lit moon, she went to kill children for their blood. After her lord recovered, she confessed to her deeds and was pardoned. The story varies, sometimes being the blood of pilgrims, other times the blood of travellers. Here, the old lady is shown to be peering around the doorway at a victim, ready to kill. Both Yoshitoshi and his teacher Kuniyoshi, haunted by this scene, used the same motifs in previous works on this theme, such as the rope around the roof, the climbing vine and the woman’s withered breasts.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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