We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

🛈 In line with NSW Health advice, the Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public. Stay updated on our social media.

Title

Kazan temple moon , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

20 December 1890

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kazanji no tsuki
    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
    258.2012.90
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

    Share
  • About

    In 985, at the beginning of his reign as emperor at 17 years old, Kazan was mourning the death of his favourite consort. Kaneie, an ambitious politician of the Fujiwara family, tricked the emperor into taking the vows of a priest, in which case he would be forced to abdicate. Kaneie sent his son Michikane to give an emotional speech to Kazan, announcing that he himself was to become a priest and inviting Kazan to join him, although, in fact, he had no intention of going to the ceremony. Kazan is shown here with a retainer on the way to Gangyō temple on a moonlit night so bright that he feared he would be discovered. Kazan became a priest and hence lost power.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

See all 119 works