100 Aspects of the Moon # 14 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Prints Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 14 Tsunenobu and the demon
1st Publication: January 1886
Size: 13-1/2" x 9" + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: January 1886, 1st Edition
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Tiny stains, mild soiling, small repair near the left margin, remnants from prior mounting. Excellent colors and impression, good to very good overall.
More about this print: One autumn night, as the courtier Tsunenobu (1016-1097 AD) watches the moon rise, he hears the sound of someone pounding cloth in the distance. Reminded of a famous Tang Chinese poem, he recites the following verse: “I listen to the sound of cloth being pounded as the moon shines serenely, and believe that here is someone else who has not yet gone to sleep." As Tsunenobu has finished a gigantic demon appears in the sky, and recites a couplet by the Tang poet Li Bo: “In the northern sky geese fly across Big Dipper - to the south cold robes are pounded under the moonlight.”
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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