An image of Chang E flees to the moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Chang E flees to the moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Chang E (Jōga in Japanese) was the wife of Hou Yi, an archer who served Yao, the mythical emperor of China. One night the moon was eclipsed and the emperor ordered Hou Yi to save it, so he shot arrows at the moon and it reappeared. His reward from the ‘Royal Mother of the West’, a Daoist deity, was a cup filled with the elixir of life. His wife stole the cup and drank it and then escaped to the moon where she reigned as goddess.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Oct 1885
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
258.2012.2