An image of Theatre-district dawn moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Theatre-district dawn moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

A fashionably dressed woman hurries along during the early morning sunrise. In the background are silhouettes of other people ending their night of entertainment in the theatre district of Edo. The green of her underlip, often found in 'ukiyo-e' prints and paintings, was derived from applying multiple layers of ‘bamboo-grass-coloured lipstick’. Applied in one or two layers, it appears red, as on her upper lip. The box-like turrets in the background were originally drum towers above the entrances to the kabuki theatres from which announcements were made to attract theatre audiences.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
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
258.2012.43