100 Aspects of the Moon # 81 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Prints Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 81 Moon of the Red Cliffs (Sekiheki no tsuki)
1st Publication: November 1889
Size: Oban; 13-1/2" x 9-1/4" (34 x 23.5 cm)
Date of this edition: November 1889
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon.
Condition: Backed on an acid free album page, right margin trimmed, else very fine. Excellent colors and impression, very good overall condition.
More about this print: Su Shi was a scholar, calligrapher, poet, and statesman of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), who was often at odds with his political masters, and was exiled more than once. It was during his first exile (1080-1086) that he took some friends on a nightly boat trip to the Red Cliffs on the Yangtze River, and composed one of the most famous poems of Chinese literature. It is of course no coincidence that the Red Cliffs - as mentioned in print #3 -were also the location of a famous battle during the Three Kingdom Era
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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