100 Aspects of the Moon # 99 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Prints Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 99 Saga Moor moon (Sagano no tsuki)
1st Publication: June 1891
Size: 13-1/2" x 9" + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: June 1891
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Backed on acid free paper, else very fine. Very good colors, impression and overall condition.
More about this print: In the Noh play "Kogo", the heroine Kogo no Tsubone (1159-1180) is a beautiful and accomplished koto player, and a concubine of Emperor Takakura. When her life is threatened by Taira no Kiyomori, because an eventual son would endanger the position of the Taira clan, she flees to a remote cottage in Saga. This scene illustrates the moment when Minamoto no Nakakuni, who was sent by the emperor to find her, recognizes her koto playing, and draws out his flute to answer her music.
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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