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Title

Hōrin temple moon - Yokobue , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

20 December 1890

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Hōrinji no tsuki - Yokobue
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    20 December 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
    258.2012.89
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    A young guard fell in love with Yokobue, but his father forbade them to marry. As he could not choose between the two, the distressed young man left to become a monk at Hōrin temple in the mountains. Yokobue went to see Ajō (the new religious name of the young man) and knocked on the temple gate. When he realised who it was, he too started to weep. Frightened she may persuade him to alter his decision from becoming a monk, he sent word that no one of his name was staying there. She left to become a nun. Yokobue is shown here as she comes down the mountain with sleeves wet with weeping, the dark clouds hovering over the distant moon. Her hands are clasped together indicating her distress. The interwoven pine trees, the symbol of lovers, fade into the background.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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