An image of Suzaku Gate moon - Hakuga Sammi

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Suzaku Gate moon - Hakuga Sammi, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The 10th-century courtier Minamoto no Hiromasa (also known as Hakuga Sanmi) was a famous musician who excelled in the 'biwa' (short-necked lute), 'yokobue' (horizontal flute) and 'hichiriki' (flute played to the front). In this print he is playing the 'yokobue' in a duet with an unidentified man whose heavy beard and unusual hat indicate that he is a foreigner, perhaps from central Asia. They are playing beneath the Suzaku Gate, the main gate to the area containing the imperial palace and government offices in Kyoto.

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
258.2012.20