An image of An iron cauldron and the moon at night - Kofuna no Gengo and Kōshi Hanzō

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

An iron cauldron and the moon at night - Kofuna no Gengo and Kōshi Hanzō, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Kofuna no Gengo and Kōshi Hanzō are two small-time, not-very-smart crooks, who plot to steal an enormous iron cauldron on a full moon night. As the pot is huge and heavy, they plan to break it into pieces with a mallet and a handsaw. The exaggerated long limbs and physiognomies of the two figures are reminiscent of the caricature sketches – 'manga' – by the noted woodblock print master Katsushika Hokusai. They also continue an illustrative tradition begun by the 12th-century Abbot Toba of Kozan temple who is famous for his scrolls featuring caricatures of animals and people.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
01 Feb 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
258.2012.18