An image of Mount Yoshino midnight-moon - Iga no Tsubone

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Mount Yoshino midnight-moon - Iga no Tsubone, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The winged god in this design is Sasaki no Kiyotaka, who was a high official at the court of Emperor Go-Daigo in the 14th century. Forced to commit ritual suicide for ill-advising the emperor, Kiyotaka’s restless spirit returned to haunt the court in exile of Yoshino Mountain. No courtier dared to face the angry ghost, except for the determined court lady Iga no Tsubone. Kiyotaka’s blue lips follow the convention used for corpses.

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
258.2012.15