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Title

Monkey-music moon , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

15 January 1891

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    sarugaku no tsuki
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    15 January 1891
    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
    258.2012.92
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    A samurai stands backstage at a humorous dance performance known as 'saragaku', literally ‘monkey music’, which includes song, dance and music. Originating in the tenth century, by the fifteenth century 'saragaku' evolved into nō theatre. Here, a crowd of men carrying umbrellas come early to try and find seats to watch a performance. It is a dawn moon, indicating it is an early performance which would last from 8am until the afternoon. During the Edo period the emperor’s envoy would be sent from Kyoto to Edo to send new-year greetings from the Tokugawa family. It was customary that the envoy and commoners from districts in the city be invited to a nō performance.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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