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Title

The moon's four strings - Semimaru , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

August 1891

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    tsuki no yotsu no o - Semimaru
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    August 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
    258.2012.98
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    Semimaru was a blind poet and musician who served the son of Emperor Uda. He was both an historical character and the protagonist in a nō play, 'Semimaru'. When the prince died in 966 he moved to live in the mountains near Kyoto. Here, he is in a remote dilapidated house, playing a 'biwa' (Japanese lute), which has a design of a crescent moon on it. He is surrounded by wild grasses, and in the foreground are the autumn blossoms of beautiful flowers. Ironically, Semimaru cannot not see the beauty of the moon or his poverty stricken surroundings, and all he has left is the splendour of his music.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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