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Title

The moon and the abandoned old woman , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

December 1891

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Obasute no tsuki
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    December 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
    258.2012.97
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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