Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, ‘Mt. Otowa Moon: Bright God Tamura’, 1886, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

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).


Series: One Hundred Views of Moon

Signature: Signed with artist's seal.

Image rights: Courtesy of Ronin Gallery | NYC

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