An image of Huai River moon - Wu Zixu

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Huai River moon - Wu Zixu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Wu Zixu, a Chinese general during the Warring States period (480–222 BCE), had to flee the Kingdom of Chu after his father and brother were killed. A fisherman helped him to escape by ferrying him across the Huai River. Years later, Wu was again aided by a Huai River fisherman in his quest to find the grave of his father and brother’s murderer, the king of Chu. He found the tomb, exhumed the king’s body and whipped it 300 times to avenge the deaths of his family.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
23 Jun 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
258.2012.48