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Title

Saga Moor moon , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

1891

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Sagano no tsuki
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    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
    258.2012.99
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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    Emperor Takakura was infatuated with the beautiful Kogō no Tsubone, who served his wife, Empress Kenreimonin. Kenreimonin felt if Kogō had a son by her husband the child could be a risk to the throne. The empress gave orders to poison Kogō, so she ran away. The emperor was so upset that he ordered that Kogō be found. The courtier and flute player Nakakuni, who had performed with Kogō – a brilliant ‘koto’ (zither) player – rode on his horse around the countryside looking for her. Here, in this bright moonlit scene, Nakakuni is playing the song 'Sōfuren' (‘love for the husband’) on his flute. He finds her as she responds to his tune on her 'koto'. She ultimately returned to the emperor, had a child that was a girl, and was sent away to become a nun.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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