Art Meets Taboo in the Tradition of Japanese Tattoos
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was the great ukiyo-e master of the Meiji Period (1868-1912), who innovated printmaking techniques to compete with the rise of photography in Japan. Considered Yoshitoshi's finest print series, "Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon)" (1885-1892), is a collection of 100 multicolored woodblock prints (nishiki-e) featuring historical and literary scenes linked together only by the presence of the moon. This print depicts a scene of the Noh play Tamura, where an itinerant monk visits Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto and meets the spirit of Tamura Myojin (Bright God Tamura).
Signature: Signed with artist's seal.
Japanese, 1839-1892, Edo, Japan, based in Japan