100 Aspects of the Moon # 3 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Prints Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 3 Rising moon over Mount Nanping (Nanpeizan shogetsu)
1st Publication: October 1885
Size: 13-1/2" x 9" + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: October 1885
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Tiny stain in the margin, small remnants from prior mounting (Tape), else very fine. Excellent colors, impression, and overall condition.
More about this print: This scene from the Chinese novel "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms" shows Cao Cao (150-220 AD), at the time the most powerful ruler in northern China, standing in a small boat, overlooking the Yangtze River.
If the crows flying towards the moon bring good news - as they in Asia often do - they are bringing it somewhere else. After several brilliant victories, Cao Cao was defeated in the year 208, in the decisive battle of Chibi (The battle of the Red Cliffs) on the Yangtze. Cao Cao was also an established poet who contributed to reshaping the poetry style of his time.
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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