An image of The cry of the fox

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The cry of the fox, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

In the 'kyōgen' play ‘The cry of the fox’ ('Konkai'), a fox whose entire family was killed by a hunter transforms himself into the hunter’s uncle, the priest Hakuzōsu. The disguised fox almost succeeds in convincing the hunter to give up his cruel profession. However, on his way home, the priest turned back into a fox and, having lost the power of human reasoning, fell into a trap and was captured. The tasselled seed heads of the grasses suggest the shape of ‘foxfires’, flames created by foxes to distract travellers from their way.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Jan 1886
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.13