An image of Moon and smoke

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon and smoke, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

During the Edo period fires were a common occurrence and companies of firemen competed with each other. If property was saved, the company was rewarded. The fireman depicted here is a standard-bearer whose role is to ensure proper identification of the team fighting the fire. The fireman on the opposite rooftop in the lower left of the print holds a different standard representing a rival organisation. The smoke and flames have been given texture by splattering lime made from powdered chalk or sea shells, mixed with glue, onto the paper.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
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
258.2012.22