An image of In the midst of glimmering whiteness/ among the night's moon-shadows/ I part the snow and pluck plum blossoms - Kintō

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

In the midst of glimmering whiteness/ among the night's moon-shadows/ I part the snow and pluck plum blossoms - Kintō, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Fujiwara no Kintō was a noted 11th-century musician, poet and historian at the Heian court. In this scene, Kintō is out in the palace garden on a winter night. Snow has just fallen on the blossoming plum branches. The serenity of the scene inspired Kintō to compose the poem cited in the title cartouche. Although not visible in the design, the presence of the moon is hinted at in the poem.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Jan 1887
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
258.2012.47