The moon and the abandoned old woman, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
1839 - 1892
Recorded in Japanese literature for hundreds of years, the act in rural areas of discarding old people due to economic necessity was contrary to the expectations of filial piety more prevalent in the other prints of the series. Here, under an autumn moon, a peasant carries an old lady on his back up the mountainside. The small figures, dominated by a landscape (as in 'Red Cliffs') are portrayed against a gigantic pine tree, which is a symbol of longevity. In one of the stories about this subject 'Yamato monogatari', a man from Nagano province, deserts his aunt in the mountains, but is forced to return to her out of guilt.
Obasute no tsuki
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
colour woodblock; ōban
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated.
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Yoshitoshi: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2016–20 Nov 2016
Referenced in 4 publications
Natalie Seiz pgs. 7-8, TAASA Review, 'Stories of women in Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon', Sydney, Sep 2016, 8 (colour illus.).
Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no.97; Another edition was reproduced